The first Air India flight evacuating 324 Indian nationals from coronavirus-hit Wuhan, China landed in Delhi on February 1. The plane reached Delhi around 7.30 a.m.
Even though only asymptomatic Indian have been flown back, they will be housed in the quarantine facility in Haryana’s Manesar set up by the Indian Army.
“The incoming Indian passengers will be quarantined for14 days at the two Quarantine Centres set-up at Manesar (managed by Armed Forces Medical Services) and Chawla Camp (managed by ITBP). All proposed male passengers (approx. 280) are proposed to be sent to Manesar Camp and families/females (approx. 90) can be housed in the ITBP camp,” the health ministry had said.
The flight had departed from Delhi airport at 1.17 p.m. on Friday to evacuate Indian nationals from China, where more than 200 people — none of them Indian — have died due to novel coronavirus.
On Friday evening, the Air India spokesperson had stated that another special flight may take off from Delhi airport on Saturday to evacuate Indians from Wuhan.
The death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak in China has risen to 259 with total confirmed cases surging to 11,791 amid stepped up efforts by a number of countries to evacuate their nationals from Hubei province, the epicentre of the virus, officials said on Saturday.