Amid coronavirus outbreak in Japan, one Nepali woman among 123 others rescued from Tokyo

Published On: February 27, 2020 01:34 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 27: Amid coronavirus outbreak in Japan, one Nepali woman was among 123 people evacuated from Tokyo on Thursday morning.

Embassy of Nepal in India said that the Nepali woman, who was airlifted to New Delhi from Tokyo, will be kept at a quarantine facility in the Indian capital for 14 days.

According to Indian media reports, an Air India flight rescued 119 Indians and five nationals from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru, who were on board the coronavirus affected quarantined cruise ship, Diamond Princess. The special flight landed in Delhi on Thursday morning, the Asian News International reported.

India's Minister for External Affairs S. Jaishankar took to Twitter to express gratitude to the Japanese authorities for facilitating the evacuation of people from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Peru.

"Air India flight has just landed in Delhi from Tokyo, carrying 119 Indians and 5 nationals from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru who were quarantined onboard the Diamond Princess due to COVID 19. Appreciate the facilitation of Japanese authorities. Thank you @airindiain once again," the foreign minister said on Twitter.

As many as 138 Indians including 132 crew and six passengers were among the 3711 people on board the luxury cruise ship, which was quarantined off Japan on February 5 after it emerged that a former passenger had tested positive for the virus, the ANI said. Of these, 16 were tested positive for coronavirus and will stay in Japan for treatment, while the remaining will be repatriated to India. 

The repatriation is being facilitated by the Indian government. Coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people in 37 countries, causing more than 2600 deaths in the past few months. 


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