Thu, 02 Apr, 2020

Evacuated Goan ship crew to be quarantined in Delhi

To be put up at Army facility in Manesar for 14 days

28th February 2020, 02:25 Hrs

the goan I network

PANAJI

The nearly 50 Goans among 119 Indians who were evacuated from their ship quarantined off Japan will be quarantined for at least the next fortnight in Delhi’s hospitals.   

These 50 Goans returned to India after several days of being aboard the ship which was quarantined, in a special Air India flight arranged by the Centre.   

The flight carrying Indians and five nationals from other South Asian countries besides South Africa and Peru reached Delhi Thursday morning.   

All are being quarantined in a hospital facility in Delhi for at least 14 days after which they may be released if they test negative for Coronavirus.   

Most of the Goans were crew members on the cruise ship which was on the Hong Kong to Japan route.   

PTI ADDS: The Goan group was among 3,711 people who were on board the coronavirus-infected Diamond Princess ship when it docked at the Yokohama port near Tokyo on February 3.  

“In line with India’s neighbourhood first policy and Indo-Pacific vision, the special flight also evacuated five foreign nationals -- two Sri Lankans, one Nepalese, one South African and one Peruvian,” the External Affairs 

Ministry said.  

Three Indian crew members didn’t board the Air India flight as they conveyed their wish to continue their stay on-board the cruise ship to complete the period of extended quarantine put in place by the Japanese government.  

16 Indian crew members have tested positive for coronavirus and are receiving medical care at an onshore medical facility in Japan.  

All the evacuees will undergo a 14-day quarantine at the facility set up by the Indian Army in Manesar.