India set to begin 'massive' coronavirus repatriation mission

5/05/2020 2:54:00 PM

India's government will attempt to bring back hundreds of thousands of nationals stuck abroad due to coronavirus restrictions.

India's government will attempt to bring back hundreds of thousands of nationals stuck abroad due to coronavirus restrictions.

India's government will attempt to bring back hundreds of thousands of nationals stuck abroad due to coronavirus restrictions.

India banned all incoming international flights in late March as it imposed one of the world's strictest virus lockdowns, leaving vast numbers of workers and students stranded.Anadolu"COVID test would be done after 14 days and further action would be taken according to health protocols," it added.

Huge lines spotted outside liquor stores in India as lockdown restrictions ease'Please help me' So far some 20,000 Indians in the US have signed up for the evacuations, The Times of India reported.Hindustan Times

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Share on Facebook Share on Twitter India has embarked on a"massive" operation calling up passenger jets and naval ships to bring back some of the hundreds of thousands of nationals stuck abroad due to coronavirus restrictions, the government said.Qantas was discussing emergency flights to India with the government.National cabinet to discuss relaxing restrictions on Tuesday, Friday By Mary Ward The national cabinet will meet twice this week to discuss relaxing current national restrictions, which could begin on a regional basis.National cabinet to discuss relaxing restrictions on Tuesday, Friday By Mary Ward The national cabinet will meet twice this week to discuss relaxing current national restrictions, which could begin on a regional basis.

India banned all incoming international flights in late March as it imposed one of the world's strictest virus lockdowns, leaving vast numbers of workers and students stranded. A defence spokesman told AFP on Tuesday that two ships were steaming towards the Maldives and another to the United Arab Emirates-home to a 3. Mr Summergreene, the first officer, flew an earlier repatriation flight to Lima to pick up Australians in Peru.3-million-strong Indian community, who make up around 30 per cent of the Gulf state's population. Deputy Chief Medical Officer Nick Coatsworth. More than 200,000 requests for repatriation flights have been made by Indian nationals caught abroad. "I have a job to do which is to fly an airplane but part of me wants to be on the apron to watch them get on the aircraft and see that sense of relief that they're finally getting home," he said. Anadolu A government statement said repatriation flights would start bringing nationals home from Thursday, and that Indian embassies and high commissions were preparing lists of"distressed Indian citizens". "There won't likely be a threshold.

Evacuees will have to pay for their passage the statement said, without elaborating, and spend 14 days in quarantine on arrival." With Qantas not normally operating commercial flights to India, Mr Summergreene said there would be a lot of extra planning for the repatriation flight. If there was an increase in COVID-19, it's likely it would be in a very confined geographic area or a region of Australia and so you would expect a regional response or quarantine. "COVID test would be done after 14 days and further action would be taken according to health protocols," it added. The consulate in Dubai said that it alone had received almost 200,000 applications, appealing on Twitter for"patience and cooperation" as India undertakes the"massive task" of repatriation. Read More Huge lines spotted outside liquor stores in India as lockdown restrictions ease The oil-rich Gulf is reliant on the cheap labour of millions of foreigners-mostly from India, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka-many of whom live in squalid camps far from the region's showy skyscrapers and malls. So far, our poll has attracted 22,400 votes and 76 per cent of responders are in favour of keeping Victoria's current state of lockdown. But coronavirus and the devastating economic impact of the pandemic has left many workers sick and others unemployed, unpaid and at the mercy of sometimes unscrupulous employers. Around 13 per cent believe restrictions should be eased, while 11 per cent want to keep wider restrictions but send kids back to school.

'Please help me'  More than 60 flights are also being arranged to bring home those stranded in the Gulf, the US, Britain, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, Punjab state's special chief secretary KBS Sidhu tweeted Tuesday. The flights will bring an average of 2,000 people back to various Indian states and territories every day for a week, a foreign ministry document shared by Sidhu stated.24am Queensland plans to reopen all schools on May 25 By Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk plans to send all Queensland students back to school by May 25. So far some 20,000 Indians in the US have signed up for the evacuations, The Times of India reported. But some Indians said they would not be able to pay for their evacuations and pleaded with the government for help. Indian nationals are transported to a medical facility following their evacuation from Wuhan at Indira Gandhi International Airport Hindustan Times "I request govt to take all of us at no charge during this crisis situation as we are all struggling here due to prolonged lockdown," tourist Sadhana Srivastava tweeted from Dubai. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

"I'm homeless now after I lost my job in March, please take me to India or else I will be in big trouble here in Dubai, please help me, sir," Saroj K Swain wrote on Twitter. The UAE has been the most vocal among Gulf countries in demanding governments take workers back, with almost 23,000 having left as of 20 April. But New Delhi had until now refused to cooperate, balking at the logistical and safety nightmare of repatriating and quarantining returning citizens. 10. India had earlier evacuated some 2,500 Indians from China, Japan, Iran and Italy before banning international and domestic travel. India, the world's second-most populous nation with 1. It's a long weekend in the Sunshine State and police are pleading with residents not to do the same this afternoon.

3 billion people, on Tuesday reported 46,433 cases of the infectious disease and 1,568 deaths. Queensland's top cop admits a handful of "blatant and reckless" breaches of coronavirus restrictions were frustrating over the past two days, but she says Queenslanders "have done amazing" as a whole. It was the biggest single-day jump with 3,900 new infections and 195 deaths in the last 24 hours. Source .