Coronavirus: 124 Rescued from Diamond Princess ship in Japan by Air India (COVID-19)

New Delhi: “As many as 124 persons have been evacuated from Japan including 119 Indian citizens and five nationals from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa & Peru by an Air India flight. These were quarantined onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship at Yokohama due to COVID-19,” stated Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, early in the morning here today. The evacuees have reached India today, he added.

Harsh Vardhan also said that the evacuees from Japan will be quarantined at the Army camp at Manesar. He said that of the 138 Indian nationals on board the Diamond Princess, 119 out of 122 who were tested and found negative as per latest PCR test have been brought back as 3 Indian nationals opted not to come back. The remaining 16 are in hospitals in Japan getting treatment and undergoing quarantine.

Vardhan further stated, “Apart from expressing gratitude, I am extremely proud of the way multiple ministries, our armed forces, doctors, Air India, our embassies – both in China and Japan – and the many unseen who worked behind the scenes, made this happen. All have put India and Indians first. Salutations to the collaborative and dedicated efforts of all these agencies.” He highlighted that India volunteered and evacuated nationals from other countries also while undertaking the evacuation from Japan.

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