Coronavirus: India contacted Iran to evacuate its citizens, says Harsh Vardhan

NEW DELHI: India is in contact with Iran about the possible evacuation of pilgrims and Indian students trapped in the nation affected by the coronavirus, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said Thursday.

In making a statement about the situation after the cases appeared, he said that a total of 29 people in India tested positive, including three initial cases in Kerala that have since recovered and discharged.

New cases include one in Delhi with a history of travel from Italy and another in Telengana, who came into contact with a Singaporean citizen in Dubai.

Six people, who came into contact with the person infected with the virus in Delhi, tested positive, he said, detailing the steps taken by the government to contain its spread.

The government is taking all necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in India, he said.

The government has carried out two evacuation missions, recovering a total of 767 from China. All of them have been quarantined and have so far been negative for the virus, he said.

The minister said the government is continuing with Iran to link the evacuation of pilgrims and Indian students stranded in Tehran and Qom as needed.