India says 276 nationals infected with coronavirus abroad


FILE PHOTO: Crew members and officials wearing protective facemasks carry their belongings at Indira Gandhi International Airport following the evacuation of Indian nationals from the Chinese city of Wuhan, in New Delhi. (Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Crew members and officials wearing protective facemasks carry their belongings at Indira Gandhi International Airport following the evacuation of Indian nationals from the Chinese city of Wuhan, in New Delhi. (Photo by MONEY SHARMA/AFP via Getty Images)

INDIA on Wednesday (18) said that a total of 276 Indians are infected with coronavirus abroad.

This includes 255 in Iran, 12 in UAE, 5 in Italy, and 1 each in Hong Kong, Kuwait, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka, external affairs ministry said.

Those who have tested positive for coronavirus are not permitted to travel as per international regulations, and will have to be treated in those countries before returning.

The government has also brought back Indians in Iran who have tested negative for coronavirus.

India has evacuated 1,444 nationals from different COVID-19 infected countries in the past weeks. These include 766 from China, 124 from Japan, 336 from Iran and 218 from Italy so far.

The country has carried out the latest rescue missions in Italy and Iran, worst COVID-19 affected countries after China.

India has carried out the largest evacuation drive after the outbreak of the pandemic across the globe.

The Indian government on Tuesday (17) banned the entry of passengers from Afghanistan, the Philippines and Malaysia with immediate effect.

Earlier, the country has banned passengers from EU countries, Turkey and the UK from March 18 till March 31.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in India stands at 147, with three deaths.