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119 Indians, 5 foreigners from a Japanese coronavirus cruise landed in Delhi on an Air India flight | India News


NEW DELHI: A special Air India flight carrying 119 Indians and five citizens from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru, who were aboard the Diamond Diamond crown endangered quarantine cruiser, landed in New Delhi on Thursday by the morning.

India thanked the Japanese authorities for facilitating the evacuation of people.

“The Air India flight has just landed in Delhi from Tokyo, carrying 119 Indians and 5 nationals from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru who were quarantined aboard the #DiamondPrincess due to # COVID19. I appreciate the facilitation of the Japanese authorities. Thank you @ airindiain once again, “tweeted foreign minister S Jaishankar.

A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew members and six passengers, were among 3,711 people aboard the luxury cruise ship, which was quarantined against Japan on February 5 after it was discovered that a former passenger had tested positive for the virus.

Of these, 16 were positive for coronaviruses and will remain in Japan for treatment, while the rest will be repatriated to India.

Repatriation is being facilitated by the Indian government.

The coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people in 37 countries, causing more than 2,600 deaths in recent months.

Earlier this month, India had evacuated 640 of its citizens from Wuhan, the capital of the Chinese province of Hubei, which has been the epicenter of the new coronavirus.

Times of India