Coronavirus Outbreak: Air India Flight brings back 324 Indians from China’s Wuhan

A special Air India flight carrying 324 Indian nationals from the coronavirus hit Hubei Province of China  has arrived in India on Saturday.

The flight took off from Wuhan in the early hours of February 1.

Government of India has made elaborate arrangements for the evacuation of Indian citizens from Wuhan city. A team of doctors, public health specialists and para medical staff have been sent in the aircraft of Air India.  The incoming Indian passengers will be quarantined for 14 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 are proposed to be sent to Manesar Camp and families/females can be housed in the ITBP camp, the official statement said.

If any person is found affected by Novel Coronavirus, he/she will be shifted to the designated hospital for further investigation and management.

Dr Rajiv Garg, DGHS will be the Nodal Officer from Ministry of Health& Family Welfare to look after overall arrangements at the ITBP facility. Medical Teams for Manesar Camp are being taken care by AFMS, it said.

Adequate medical care will be provided by a team of doctors at both the facilities. In addition, a 50-bedded critical care facility has been set-up at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi for critical care of the patients. All persons admitted to both the quarantine facilities will be monitored on daily basis for a period of 14 days, it added.

A nodal officer will be deputed from each Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of External Affairs for effective coordination. A WhatsApp group of all these officers along with Nodal Officers of the Camps will be created for seamless communication.

The death toll due to Coronavirus has risen to 259 in China, with 11,791 confirmed cases, sources said.