First batch of 58 Indians return safely from Corona Virus - hit Iran

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The first batch of 58 Indians landed safely on Indian soil, returning from Iran, in view of corona virus fears.

A military transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) brought back 58 Indians from coronavirus-hit Iran on Tuesday, 10 March, an official said.
The aircraft, a C-17 Globemaster, was sent to Tehran on the evening of Monday, 9 March.


About 2,000 Indians are living in Iran, a country that has witnessed a significant increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the last few days.


Health Minister Dr HarshVardhan informed on twitter that
"All 58 evacuated Indians who have landed at Hindon on IAF’s C-17 Globemaster Flight from Iran have tested negative for #coronavirus .
They shall now be quarantined for 14 days.

"The IAF aircraft has landed. Mission completed. On to the next," External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted.
"Thanks to the efforts of our Embassy @India_in_Iran and Indian medical team there, operating under challenging conditions. Thank you @IAF_MCC. Appreciate cooperation of Iranian authorities. We are working on the return of other Indians stranded there (sic)," Jaishankar added.



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