New Delhi: After 17 days of isolation despite their arrival in the home country, the first batch of nearly 200 people were on Monday discharged from the ITBP quarantine facility in Delhi that held over 400 Wuhan-return citizens including a huge group of students. The remaining citizens are expected to be released by Tuesday evening after a thorough check is conducted. Also Read - COVID-19 Outbreak: Harbhajan Singh, Wife Geeta Basra to Feed 5000 families in Jalandhar
The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Chawla Camp housed a total of 406 coronavirus evacuees from Wuhan, including 192 women, 204 men and seven children, seven among whom are Maldivians. Also Read - Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty Pair Hopes to Get a New Foreign Coach After Tokyo Olympic Postponement
“After the final coronavirus test reports of all 406 people living at our facility were found negative, the first batch was discharged today,” ITBP spokesperson Vivek Kumar Pandey stated. Also Read - Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Urge Indian Citizens to Show Solidarity With Health Warriors; Support PM Narendra Modi's Initiative To Light Candles at 9 PM
“We expect about 200 people will leave by tonight. The rest will be sent on Tuesday and in the subsequent days as per the travel plans of the inmates,” he said.
Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also visited the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) facility in Chawla and interacted with the evacuees.
It is a mixed bag of feelings for the students who have been discharged from the centre so far. While breathing a sigh of relief for their personal release, they still worry about their friends from Pakistan, Sudan, and other African countries who have not been evacuated and are stuck on campus. They hope to head back to China once the epidemic is brought under control.
Remarkably, India was one of the first countries to respond to coronavirus-affected citizens.
A total of 650 people were brought back from Wuhan in China on February 1 and 2 in two 747 Boeing Air India aircraft after the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China. Another set of 133 people have been kept under observation in an Army quarantine ward in Haryana’s Manesar, and have been undergoing various medical tests for the same.