China decides to evacuate citizens of India amid an increase in coronavirus cases | India News
The Chinese embassy posted a notice on its website on Monday, asking those who want to return home to book tickets on special flights.
The move to evacuate its citizens comes in the wake of India’s emergence as the 10th country hardest hit by the deadly virus, which has infected nearly 1.40 lakh people in India.
The coronavirus, which was first reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, has spread to more than 190 countries, infecting more than 54 lakh people and claiming lives of 3.4 lakh. India had evacuated some 700 Indians from Wuhan in February.
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The Chinese embassy notice said that people who choose to return home will have to accept all quarantine and epidemic prevention arrangements during the flight and after entering China.
The Mandarin notice says that people treated for coronavirus infection or who have symptoms of the infection such as fever and cough in the past 14 days should not take special flights.
“Through the unified agreement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant departments, Chinese diplomatic and consular missions in India will assist international students in India, tourists, temporary business visitors who are struggling and urgently need to take a temporary flight back to home to China, “according to the notice.
He suggested that people from other countries can also be evacuated. The notice says that the cost of the air ticket and quarantine in China should be borne by the evacuees.
“If your body temperature exceeds 37.3 degrees (inclusive) before boarding or if you suspect symptoms, the airline will deny you boarding,” the advisory says.
China’s decision to evacuate its citizens from India also comes at a time when troops from both countries are locked in a tense confrontation in the disputed areas of Pangong Tso and the Galwan Valley along the Line of Current Control in East Ladakh for more than two weeks.
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