118 Indian Nationals On Coronavirus-Struck Cruise Ship Returned To India Onboard A Special Flight

Aadhya Khatri - Feb 28, 2020


118 Indian Nationals On Coronavirus-Struck Cruise Ship Returned To India Onboard A Special Flight

However, the flight did not get all Indian nationals on the cruise ship though. Three decided to remain on the Diamond Princess for a reason unknown

A special flight was conducted by Air India to bring 119 Indian nationals and five foreigners back the country as they got stuck in the Diamond Princess, the Coronavirus-raged cruise ship, which is now docked in Japan.

The five foreigners consist of two Sri Lanka nationals, the three others are from Peru, Nepal, and South Africa. When they got back to Indian soil, all of the evacuees will be quarantined for 14 days at a medical center in Manesar, set up by the Indian Army.

According to Sanjay Kumar Verma, India’s ambassador to India, all of the passengers must go through a last-minute medical check to ensure that no one carrying the virus is allowed to board the plane. Verma is also overseeing the Diamond Princess evacuation.

Diamond Princess Coronavirus India
When they get back to Indian soil, all of the evacuees will be quarantined for 14 days at a medical center in Manesar, set up by the Indian Army

However, the flight did not get all Indian nationals on the cruise ship though. Three decided to remain on the Diamond Princess for a reason unknown to the ambassador.

Before the flight, all evacuees were sent a list of what they are allowed to do to prepare them for the journey home. Everyone must go straight to the airport to adhere to Japanese health protocols. The flight lasts for 10 hours and no food would be served. The passengers can only bring along their hand luggage.

A girl from Mumbai got special attention from the Indian government and the Indian embassy in Japan as she said when she was diagnosed with mild fever and a cold, she was quarantined in a small room without any window. She had been locked there since the 10th of February and over time, the tiny cubicle became hell.

The Diamond Princess carries 138 Indian nationals and 16 of them are positive for the Coronavirus. They are remaining in Japan for treatment.

Diamond Princess India passengers
The Diamond Princess carries 138 Indian nationals and 16 of them are positive for the Coronavirus

The cruise ship has 3,711 passengers and it is now at the Yokohama port, Japan. The ship was quarantined after one of its passengers who disembarked in Hong Kong last month was found out to be the carrier of the Coronavirus.

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