New Delhi: India on Monday evacuated the fourth batch of its nationals from Iran, with 53 Indians, including 52 students and a teacher, being brought back to the country, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted today. Also Read - Coronavirus: India Brings Back 236 Nationals Stranded in Iran, 218 From Italy
This took the number of Indian nationals evacuated from Iran to 389. Also Read - Coronavirus: Three Planes Will be Sent to Iran to Bring Back Stranded Indians, Says Health Ministry
The development comes a day after 218 and 236 Indian nationals were brought back from Italy and Iran respectively. The two are among the worst coronavirus-affected countries.
The External Affairs Minister tweeted, “Fourth batch of 53 Indians-52 students and a teacher-has arrived from Tehran and Shiraz, Iran. With this, a total of 389 Indians have returned to India from Iran.”
“Thank the efforts of the team India in Iran and Iranian authorities,” Jaishankar added.
Last Tuesday, 58 Indian nationals were evacuated from Iran in the first batch. On Friday, meanwhile, a second batch comprising 44 Indians was brought back to the country.
Italy and Iran are the second and third-worst coronavirus-affected countries respectively. While Italy has recorded 24,747 confirmed cases with 1,809 deaths, there have been 724 deaths in Iran along with more than 14,000 positive cases.
India, meanwhile, has recorded a death toll of two, with 110 people testing positive for COVID-19.