In order to bring back hundreds and thousands of Indian stranded across the world amid coronavirus lockdown, The Union government of India has decided to deploy commercial jets, military transport planes and naval warships. To start with the Indian Navy and Air India are bringing back around 16,000 Indians struck in 13 countries.
Ministry of External Affairs of India said that over 14,800 Indians stuck in 13 countries will be brought back by 64 flights. On Tuesday India has dispatched its two Naval ships to Maldives to bring back 1,000 Indians stranded on the island nation after COVID19 pandemic as part of the first phase of evacuation.
Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Tuesday that Air India is set to operate 64 flights from May 7 to May 13 to bring back around 15,000 Indian nationals stranded in 12 countries including Middle East, UK, US, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Bangladesh. The first day of evacuation will see 10 flights repatriate 2,300 Indians. On Day 2, around 2,050 Indian nationals will arrive in Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru and Delhi from nine different countries, according to the plan. On Day 3, over 2,000 stranded Indian nationals from Middle East, Europe, South East Asia and US will return to the country. On Day 4 of the plan, the aviation ministry in collaboration with the foreign ministry will evacuate 1,850 stranded nationals from eight different countries, including the US, UK and the UAE.
Jalashwa and Magar Indian Navy’s ships will commence evacuation operations from May 8 from Maldives as part of phase-1. A total of 1000 persons are planned to be evacuated during the first trip due to social distancing norms and medical facilities available on board. The evacuated personnel will be disembarked at Kochi this operation is being progressed in close coordination with the ministries of defence, external affairs, home affairs, health and state governments.
All the Indians returning will need to register them self on Aarogya Setu app the moment they land in the country. Everyone will be medically screened. All of them will need to be quarantined for 14 days after the screening. COVID-19 test will be done after two weeks and further action will be decided. The Centre asked the state governments to arrange testing, quarantine facility of the returning Indians in their respective states.
-Davinder Singh, NMTV News