The federal government on Friday mentioned it had supplied to deliver again folks belonging to neighbouring nations, together with Pakistan, from the novel coronavirus-hit Wuhan the place 80 Indian college students are nonetheless remaining after evacuation of 647 Indians and 7 Maldivians.
On February 1, 324 Indians had been introduced again from Wuhan by first Air India particular flight, whereas one other batch of 323 Indians and 7 Maldivians had been evacuated from the Chinese language metropolis on February 2 via a second particular flight.
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Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar knowledgeable Rajya Sabha that the time when the 2 flights had been going, India had advised all college students and bigger group in Wuhan that it was ready not solely to deliver again Indians but in addition all of the folks of our neighbouring nations who wish to come again.
“So, this was a proposal which was made to all our neighbours. And, of those, the seven nationals of Maldives selected to avail the provide.
“However I would really like the honourable members to know that the provide was made to everyone,” he knowledgeable Rajya Sabha in response to queries if Pakistan had requested India to deliver again its residents.
Jaishankar additional mentioned there are about 80 Indian college students who’re nonetheless within the coronavirus-hit Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan. This consists of 10 college students who had come to the airport when the flights had been despatched. However they had been working fever and so the Chinese language authorities, after screening, didn’t permit them to board the flight.
“About 70 odd folks selected voluntarily to remain in Wuhan and never get evacuated within the two flights,” the minister mentioned.
In the meantime, India has cancelled all visas issued to overseas nationals coming from China because it stepped up efforts to fight the unfold of novel coronavirus after 150 passengers had been recognized with signs of the lethal virus and despatched to isolation items.