India Seeks China's Consent For Operating 2 Flights To Bring Back Indians From Hubei

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India has requested the Chinese government on January 29 for the permission to operate two flights to evacuate Indian nationals from Hubei Province of China.

Written By Aanchal Nigam | Mumbai | Updated On:
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As the unprecedented outbreak of deadly coronavirus has sparked fears globally, India has requested the Chinese government for the permission to operate two flights to evacuate Indian nationals from Hubei Province of China. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar posted an update on January 29 that Indian Embassy in China is also currently in touch with the Chinese authorities for the necessary logistics to bring back Indians. 

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The novel virus has already claimed nearly 132 lives in China with 5,974 confirmed cases in the country. Embassy of India in Beijing posted an update on January 29 informing about their work to ensure 'smooth evacuation' of Indians from China. On evacuation, all individuals will be quarantined for two weeks and arrangements are made for the same. 

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Precautionary measures taken

As per the statement of the Health Ministry, travel advisories have been sent to adjoining countries including China to spread information about the disease globally. The screening of passengers with travel history from China which was earlier only on seven airports has been extended to 13 more, taking the total to 20. According to the press release by the government, the authorities have been using thermal scanners for faster screening. 

Besides a lab in Pune, four more labs have been readied for testing the samples. Furthermore, the ministry of shipping has also initiated screening at major ports. Till January 28, according to the statement, 155 flights were screened including 33,552 passengers. Out of all, samples of 20 passengers have been tested in NIV Pune and all were negative. 

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(with inputs from agencies)

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