Coronavirus: Air India Flight evacuates 211 students stranded in Italy

A special Air India flight carrying 211 Indian students and seven compassionate cases, who were stuck in Italy after flights were cancelled due to the coronavirus, outbreak departed for India.

“211 students & 7 compassionate cases departed by AI flight #Milan all those who helped us through this difficult situation. Special to @airindiain team & Italian authorities. Consulate will continue to ensure welfare of all Indians in northern #Italy,” Indian Consulate in Milan tweeted.

Another batch of 234 Indians stranded in Iran have also arrived in India. These included 131 students and 103 pilgrims, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said.

“234 Indians stranded in #Iran have arrived in India; including 131 students and 103 pilgrims. Thank you, Ambassador, @dhamugaddam and @India_in_Iran team for your efforts. Thank Iranian authorities,” Jaishankar tweeted.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India has risen to 93, according to the Health Ministry website.

Indian Government has taken a number of proactive and timely measures such as travel restrictions, universal screening of passengers at airports and seaports, suspension of visas and self-quarantine measures to effectively prevent, contain and manage COVID-19.

The identification of additional quarantine facilities, development of isolation wards, training of health workers & doctors, ensuring adequate equipments, PPEs, medicines, masks etc., are being strengthened further in all States and UTs.

To check the shortages and black-marketing, Government has declared masks and hand sanitizers as essential commodities under Essential Commodities Act up to June 30, 2020. Under the Essential Commodities Act, States can ask manufacturers to enhance their production capacity of these items, to make the supply chain smooth.