Corona virus: India evacuated 119 Indians and 5 civilians from neighboring countries stranded in Japanese cruise for 20 days
New Delhi: Air India’s special aircraft arrived at New Delhi on 27th February morning, carrying 119 Indians who were on board the cruise ship Diamond Princess affected by Corona virus.
Apart from 119 Indians, five civilians from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru have also been brought in this special aircraft of Air India. The Government of India has thanked the Japanese authorities for facilitating the successful evacuation of themselves and the citizens of neighboring countries.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted, “Air India aircraft immediately arrived from Tokyo to New Delhi carrying 119 Indian citizens stranded on Corona virus-affected Diamond Princess Cruise in Japan and five civilians from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru.” The Foreign Minister has praised the Japanese authorities and thanked Air India.
The Japanese luxury cruise ship Diamond Princess was kept separated due to Corona virus infection. The number of deaths due to corona virus in China has reached to 2,710+ and the number of confirmed cases has increased to 80000+ and so far the infection has spread in 37 countries.
The Japanese luxury cruise Diamond Princess was docked off Yokohama on 5 February due to Corona virus infection in Japan. A total of 3711 people were on board this cruise ship, 138 of which were Indians. Of these, 16 were tested positive for corona virus, which have been stayed in Japan for treatment, while the rest were brought back to India.