The fourth batch of Indians stranded in Coronavirus-hit Iran was evacuated on Monday and the passengers were flown in an Air India plane to Jaisalmer where they were quarantined at the Army Wellness Centre.
A Mahan Air flight with 53 Indians landed in New Delhi today, taking the total number of people brought back from Iran to 389.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar took to Twitter and said, “Fourth batch of 53 Indians – 52 students and a teacher – has arrived from Tehran and Shiraz, Iran. With this, a total of 389 Indians have returned to India from Iran. Thank the efforts of the team @India_in_Iran and Iranian authorities.”
Fourth batch of 53 Indians – 52 students and a teacher – has arrived from Tehran and Shiraz, #Iran.
With this, a total of 389 Indians have returned to India from Iran.
Thank the efforts of the team @India_in_Iran and Iranian authorities.
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) March 15, 2020
Earlier, on Sunday over 230 Indians were brought back from Iran and quarantined at the Indian Army Wellness Centre in Jaisalmer.
The Indians came in a Mahan Air flight that landed at the Delhi airport at around 3 am, officials said, adding, that they were later taken to Jaisalmer in an Air India flight and quarantined.
Colonel Sombit Ghosh, Defence spokesperson said, “Preliminary screening of the persons was undertaken at the airport upon arrival. Thereafter, they were moved to the Army Wellness Centre at Jaisalmer.”
The first batch of 58 Indian pilgrims was brought back from Iran last Tuesday and the second group of 44 Indian pilgrims arrived from there on Friday.
Iran is one of the worst-affected countries by the coronavirus outbreak and the government has been working to bring back Indians stranded there. Over 700 people have died from the disease in Iran and nearly 14,000 cases have been detected.
The Foreign Minister had told Rajya Sabha last week that the government was focusing on evacuating Indians stranded in Iran and Italy as these countries are facing an “extreme situation”.