India has evacuated 124 people, both Indians and foreigners, from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is still stranded near Japan’s Yokohama port due to the rising number of infection cases.
The Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar made this known on Twitter on Thursday.
Countries started evacuating their citizens from the ship last week, after the two-week quarantine was lifted on Feb. 19.
“Appreciate the facilitation of Japanese authorities. Thank you @airindiain once again,” Jaishankar wrote on Twitter.
The minister added that at the same time, a total of 122 Indian and foreign nationals have been returned from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the epidemic.
“Appreciate facilitation by Chinese government,” Jaishankar wrote on Twitter.
In early February, the country sent two planes to Wuhan to evacuate 640 people.
To date, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been detected in over 82,000 people worldwide and killed 2,800 patients. More than 32,800 patients have recovered.
Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim
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