France evacuates 112 stranded citizens from Kerala, Tamil Nadu

South India

France on Saturday evacuated 112 French citizens stranded in Kerala and Tamil Nadu in a special Air India flight.


As per the report, they underwent a medical examination before boarding the flight for Paris from Cochin International Airport at 08.13 am.

Earlier, the Embassy of France had made a request to the Kerala government to facilitate the journey of the French citizens stranded due to the lockdown announced by the central government to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.

The Air India flight was chartered by the French government for evacuating its citizens in various cities in India including Kochi, Bengaluru and Mumbai.

On Friday, Gulf nation Oman had evacuated its 46 citizens stranded in Kochi in an Oman Air flight.

Starting from March 24 midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 


With inputs from PTI

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