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 - Chinese Scientists Discussed Weaponising Coronavirus Five Years Before Pandemic: Report
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 - Amitabh Bachchan Contributes Rs 2 Crore Towards Covid-19 Care Facility in The Capital
“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 - Kangana Ranaut Feels She Will Not Last More Than a Week After Instagram Deletes Her Post Threatening To Demolish Covid-19
“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.