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Air India to evacuate Indian students stuck in Wuhan due to Coronavirus outbreak

Central government of India is planning to send a plane to evacuate Indian students stuck in Wuhan due to coronavirus outbreak in China as reported by S Jaishankar, External affair minister on Tuesday.

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He said that no Indian student has been affected by the virus till now.

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Jaishankar reported at the Vadodara airport that: “The Indian embassy is in constant touch with the Chinese government. To evacuate students and other Indians from Wuhan, we are planning to send a plane there. Our efforts are on to bring them back. It will take some days. I urge people to trust the government on this,”.

“No Indian student has been found to be affected by this virus. Parents need not worry about their children,” he added.

Raveesh Kumar, spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) tweeted, “Our @EOIBeijing is working out the logistics & is in touch with the Chinese govt. authorities & our nationals on this matter. We will continue to share updates.”

It is reported that flag carrier Air India has kept one of its 423-seater jumbo plane ready in Mumbai for the evacuation of stuck Indian citizens in China’s Wuhan.

The airline is waiting for the required approvals from the ministry of external affairs and health to send the special flight as nod is required to send the staff and crew to a virus outbreak territory.

Around 250 Indians, most of them are students; need to be evacuated from Wuhan.

The cabinet secretary called a meeting with top secretaries on Monday and the government decided to make preparations for possible evacuation of Indian citizens in Wuhan.

Ministry of External Affairs will request Chinese authorities for evacuation of Indians stuck in Wuhan. The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health will look after transport and quarantine facilities respectively.

Many people from various countries are stuck in Wuhan and the surrounding territories which are under lockdown to prevent the spread of the infection.

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