The United States repatriates 1,300 Americans from India; several cold feet developing at the last moment: Official

WASHINGTON: The United States has so far repatriated some 1,300 Americans from India, but a sizable number of them are developing cold feet as they fly back home, a senior US official said.

Around 1,300 US citizens have been brought back last night, and we have five additional flights scheduled for this week. It is difficult to say with certainty how many Americans intend or need assistance to repatriate to the United States. We have had more than 7,000 registered with the United States embassy and consulate, the acting deputy secretary of state for South and Central Asia said Monday during a conference call.

While Wells did not give a clear picture of why the rest of the Americans had developed cold feet to return home, it can be seen in the context of America's emergence as the world's hot spot.

As of Monday, more than 360,000 people have tested positive for coronaviruses and deaths have crossed 10,000 in a matter of weeks.

Wells said Americans in India were necessary to make a decision.

Members of the White House Task Force on the coronavirus have projected between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States in the coming weeks.

Ian Brownlee, the Assistant Principal Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, said that a large number of Americans in India have canceled their intention to travel to the United States even after the United States Government made arrangements for their flights.

We had several thousand people who, when we put it up, in India, when we called for expressions of interest on a flight, and yet, over this weekend, our staff in India literally called 800 people to ask if they wanted to move on. a flight today. We have 10 positive responses, Brownlee said.

Since January 29, the United States has brought home more than 43,000 U.S. citizens, including those from countries like Peru , India , Egypt , Nepal and Burundi.

Currently, the United States is working on more than 80 flights worldwide, Brownlee said.

Of them, EE. USA He arranged 13 flights from South and Central Asia, including special flights home to some 2,900 American citizens of India, Pakistan Bangladesh, Nepal Uzbekistan & Turkmenistan .