Vande Bharat flight arrives in Andhra Pradesh with 145 passengers from London

South India

 An Air India flight carrying 145 people stranded in London, landed at Vijayawada Airport here on Wednesday, as part of the biggest ever off-shore evacuation drive of Indian citizens under the Vande Bharat Mission.


The special flight, commissioned under the Vande Bharat Mission, landed at 8 am. Apart from immigration checks, screening tests for coronavirus were being performed.

 According to the official report, the passengers were only sent to their respective districts once they cleared the tests. They will be kept in quarantine for the next 14 days. Paid quarantine facilities have been made available in the respective districts.

On Tuesday, the international airport in Visakhapatnam received two flights, one from Manila (Philippines) and the other from Abu Dhabi with 166 and 148 passengers respectively.

The Andhra Pradesh government is in association with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to bring back Indian nationals stranded in foreign countries, particularly the migrant workers in the Gulf.

These evacuations are being carried out as part of the central government's second phase of Vande Bharat Mission.

68 more COVID-19 cases have been reported from Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the state’s count of coronavirus cases to 2,557 on Wednesday. The number of active patients are now at 715. So far 53  people have died in the state due to the virus.


With inputs from ANI

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