Coronavirus update: Air India's special flight to evacuate Indians from Wuhan

Coronavirus update: Air India's special flight to evacuate Indians from Wuhan

Amid the sudden outbreak of a novel Coronavirus in China, Air India has scheduled a special flight  to evacuate citizens stuck in Wuhan. The aircraft took off from Delhi Airport to Wuhan and will be deployed to evacuate Indians trapped in the region. The Air India 423-seater jumbo B747 plane depart for Wuhan from Delhi Airport at around 12:30 pm.

"The national carrier once again comes to the rescue - this time to evacuate Indians from Wuhan, the site of the outbreak of coronavirus. This mission begins today with a Jumbo 747 operating between Delhi and Wuhan," Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohan said in a tweet.

According to a PTI report, this aircraft has five doctors from the health ministry and one paramedical staff on-board to take care of the passengers during the flight.

Meanwhile, Lohani said that no service will be happening in the plane and the food will be kept in seat pockets and passengers will have to help themselves. This decision has been taken to avoid any interaction between cabin crew and passengers. The plane is expected to stay at Wuhan Airport just for 2-3 hours.

"Masks have been arranged for the crew and passengers. For our crew, we have also arranged complete protective gear,"  he added.

In the meantime, India has reported its first case of the China virus in Kerala on Thursday. The Health Ministry said that an Indian student of Wuhan University in China tested positive in Kerala. After the first case of coronavirus in Wuhan city in December, the virus is spreading swiftly across the world.

In Mumbai, there are six people that have been isolated and are being kept under close observation in BMC-run hospital. So far, none of them have tested positive for Coronavirus but the authorities are keeping a close tab on the situation. 

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