New Delhi: The second batch of passengers flown to Delhi from Wuhan by Air India included seven Maldivian citizens for which the foreign minister of Maldives, Abdulla Shahid, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and foreign minister S Jaishankar.

So far, a total of 654 people have been rescued from China’s coronavirus-hit Wuhan.


Air India’s jumbo B747 made two flights to Wuhan city – the ground zero of the coronavirus epidemic that has killed 304 people and infected 14,380 others.

The first flight left early Saturday with 324 stranded Indians mostly students from Wuhan. Officials said that six Indians could not board the first flight as they were stopped by the Chinese immigration officials after they reported high temperature.

Still, there may be 100 Indians remaining in Hubei province.