Indian crew, passengers from coronavirus-hit cruise ship Diamond Princess evacuated

Published on : Thursday, February 27, 2020

Indian passengers and crew stranded on the coronavirus-hit Diamon Princess off the Japanese coast are being repatriated by an Air India plane as the number of infected Indians onboard rose to 16 after completion of all tests.


Indian crew and passengers from coronavirus-affected cruise ship Diamond Princess have boarded an Air India flight, sent by the govt of India, to come to Delhi.


Indians, on board the cruise ship off the Japan coast, who have not tested positive for the novel coronavirus were repatriated on Wednesday.


A total of 138 Indians, including 132 crew and six passengers, were among the 3,711 people, on board the Diamond Princess ship when it docked at the Yokohama port, near Tokyo, on February 3.


“PCR test results for all Indian nationals declared two more Indians tested positive to Covid-19, taking the total to 16. Those fulfilling conditions and consenting to repatriation to India on 26 Feb facilitated by the Indian government were repatriated. Details shared with them,” the mission had tweeted.


“A chartered flight is being arranged to repatriate Indian nationals on board Diamond Princess, provided they have [a] consented, [b] not tested positive for Covid-19, [c] cleared by the medical team,” the mission tweeted earlier.


The ship was quarantined after a passenger who disembarked last month in Hong Kong was found to be the carrier of the disease.


The Indian embassy had on Saturday said that Indians, who are still on board the ship, will be tested for the virus infection along with others after all the healthy passengers have disembarked.


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