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Over 70 Indians, including students, have been stranded in Italy as they do not have COVID-19 negative certificates. They appealed the government to withdraw mandatory order

Written By Misha Bhatt | Mumbai | Updated On:
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Over 70 Indians, including students, have been stranded in Italy as they do not have COVID-19 negative certificates. They appealed the government to withdraw mandatory order
'India to send a team of Doctors to Italy,' says Health Ministry Officials
2 weeks ago | March 11, 2020 19:49

Health Ministry Officials on Wednesday informed that they will send a team of Doctors to Italy to collect swab samples of stranded Indian students for testing. 

 

'Embassy discussing the matter with Indian Government'
2 weeks ago | March 11, 2020 17:58

When asked about the response from the Indian Embassy, the stranded Indians stated that the Embassy was discussing the matter with the government, but so far there was no word from them. They also informed that the Air India staff was unwilling to let the students board the flight. 

Earlier on March 5, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had issued a travel advisory asking those arriving in the country from coronavirus-affected Italy and South Korea to obtain a certificate showing them having tested negative for the virus. The advisory came into force on March 10 and is a temporary measure till cases of COVID-19 subside.

'Impossible to get a medical certificate,' says stranded Madhu
2 weeks ago | March 11, 2020 16:48

A registered nurse by profession, Madhu stated that looking at the current scenario in Italy, it is impossible to get a medical certificate and also informed about expiring medical insurance for a lot of stranded students. " Each citizen here has a basic doctor, us students are not provided with a basic doctor because we don't pay tax to the country. Every year they have to pay 150 euros as health insurance, which covers health care. The university has a basic doctor who looks after the students. Since all the universities are now shut, we are not able to get a certificate."

Republic TV talks to one of the stranded Indians in Italy
2 weeks ago | March 11, 2020 16:02

Republic TV on Wednesday spoke to one of the stranded Indians Hemegowda Madhu, who appealed to the Indian Government and the External Affairs Ministry to waive off the COVID-19 free medical certificate requirement for International travelers so that the stranded people can return to India. 

"Here in Italy, all the doctors are busy treating people with Coronavirus. Everything here is shut, even a basic doctor is not ready to issue us a medical certificate. Without a medical certificate, Air India or any other airline is not letting us board a plane," he said.

Over 70 Indian students stranded at Italy's Milan Malpensa International Airport
2 weeks ago | March 11, 2020 15:28

Amid the ongoing Coronavirus scare and at least 10,149 positive coronavirus cases in Italy, over 70 Indian students are stranded at the Milan Malpensa International Airport for over 18 hours now. The Indian students have been denied to board the Air India plane by authorities as they do not have a medical certificate which certifies them of being COVID-19 symptom-free.

The government made it mandatory for people to get a COVID-19 negative certificate in order to enter India, effective from March 10. Cases of Coronavirus in India has risen to 60 as of March 11.

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