India evacuates one Nepali, others from quarantined cruise ship in Japan

Published On: February 28, 2020 08:33 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Feb 28: A Nepali national was among five foreign nationals evacuated by India along with 119 Indian nationals on board the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship off the coast of Japan.

The ship was put under quarantine by the Japanese authorities on February 5 for 14 days as one of the passengers who had disembarked from the ship had tested positive for COVID-19.

A special Air India flight arrived in New Delhi from Tokyo on Thursday bringing back 119 Indian nationals (113 crew members and six passengers), who were aboard the cruise ship docked off Yokohama in Japan.

“In line with India’s neighborhood first policy and Indo-Pacific vision, the special flight also evacuated 5 foreign nationals — 2 Sri Lankans, 1 Nepali, 1 South African and 1 Peruvian,” said a press statement issued by Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday.

Although other details have not been released, the Nepali national evacuated from Japan has been identified as Ambika Basnet. All the evacuees will undergo a 14-day quarantine at the quarantine facility set up by the Indian Army in Manesar, Haryana of India.

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