India in touch with 600 Indians in Hubei province of China: MEA

Healthwire Bureau

New Delhi, January 31: India has established contact with over 600 Indians across the Hubei province in China and are individually ascertaining their willingness to be ‘repatriated’.

MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters here on Thursday that the Indian government has been conducting a regular review on the situation arising out of the outbreak of Corona virus in China.

“We have put out regular updates on the arrangements which are being made. You are aware that we have made a formal request to the government of China for bringing back Indian nationals from the Hubei province in two flights. We are awaiting for the necessary approval from the Chinese side,” he said.

He expressed hope that this will be granted soon.

“Meanwhile, we have established contact with over 600 Indians across the province and are individually ascertaining their willingness to be repatriated. Our Mission in Beijing is working round-the-clock on the ground to work out the necessary logistics,” he added.

The MEA spokesman further said: “Arrangements are being put in place for people to travel to the airport. We remain committed to the safety and well-being of our nationals abroad. We appreciate the support extended by the Government of China and other Ministries in the Government of India in putting this process together”.

Meanwhile, Chinese embassy on Thursday in Delhi said it is closely watching the report about one confirmed case of the Coronavirus in India, and assured cooperation to the Indian side in jointly strengthening the epidemic prevention.

Chinese Embassy Spokesperson Ji Rong said the mission has maintained close communication with the Indian government on the issue by briefing regularly on the novel Coronavirus development.

“The Chinese side pays close attention to the report of the emergence of one confirmed case of pneumonia caused by the novel Coronavirus in India, and will cooperate with the Indian side to jointly strengthen the epidemic prevention and control,” Ji Rong said.

The Chinese statement came after a positive case of virus was reported in Kerala.

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