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Coronavirus outbreak: Air India special flight to evacuate Indian citizens from China’s Wuhan today

An Air India special B747 flight will depart today from Delhi for Wuhan city in China’s Hubei province (China) for the evacuation of Indians amid the coronavirus outbreak that has caused worldwide panic. The special flight will depart from Delhi at 12:30 pm on Friday.

India had kept a 423-seater jumbo plane ready for evacuating Indian citizens from Wuhan city in China in the wake of coronavirus outbreak, an official source had said on Tuesday.

However, official permission from China is yet to come for the Air India aircraft which is to depart from Delhi at 12:30 pm. India is expecting the green signal at the earliest.

The evacuation comes a day India reported its first case of the coronavirus in Kerala. The student who tested positive for Coronavirus belongs to Kerala and was studying in Wuhan city in Hubei province of China, the epicentre of the deadly virus.

The government had on Friday reached out to over 600 Indians living in China’s Hubei province to ascertain their willingness to be brought back to India.

Meanwhile, the death toll in China’s novel coronavirus outbreak has climbed to 213 with the number of confirmed cases totalling to 9,692, China’s national authorities announced on Friday.

The United Nations (UN) health agency, World Health Organisation (WHO), on Thursday, declared an international emergency over the deadly novel coronavirus that has originated from China. The international emergency is a rarely used designation that could lead to improved international co-ordination in tackling the disease.

(With inputs from Geeta Mohan and agencies)

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