275 Indians evacuated from coronavirus hit Iran, reach Jodhpur


JAIPUR: A batch of 275 Indians evacuated from coronavirus-hit Iran arrived at the Jodhpur airport on Sunday morning.


As per the report, a preliminary screening of the passengers was conducted at the airport. After that they were shifted to the Army Wellness Facility set up at the Jodhpur Military Station.

According to the official report, out of the 275 citizens, 142 were men and 133 women. The batch also included two infants and four children.

Earlier, 277 Indian citizens were evacuated from the Iranian capital Tehran on March 25 and were also shifted to the Army wellness facility in Jodhpur, where they are currently being monitored.

Prior to this, 234 Indian evacuees from Iran were quarantined in the Army wellness centre in Jaisalmer.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), there are 918 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, out of which 79 people have been cured or discharged.

Starting from Tuesday midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. 

In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi said that it is vital to break the chain of the disease and experts have said that at least 21 days are needed for it. Social distancing is the only option to deal with the disease.

The Prime Minister said the lockdown has drawn a "Lakshman Rekha" in every home and people should stay indoors for their own protection and for that of their families.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 160 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 

Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.


With inputs from Agency

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