New Delhi: The special Indian Air Force flight routed to bring back stranded Indians in the deadly coronavirus-hit Wuhan city in China departed on Wednesday evening, carrying around 15 tonnes of medical supplies. Also Read - Assam Lockdown Guidelines: Shops to Close at 11 AM, No Vehicular Movement After 12 PM | Full List of Fresh Restrictions Here

IAF’s largest aircraft, C-17 Globemaster was readied to rescue the remaining Indians as well as citizens from neighbouring nations who were still stuck at Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic. India has already evacuated 640 citizens from Wuhan in two separate flights of national carrier Air India last month. Also Read - 12 Arrested For Putting Posters Across Delhi Criticising PM Modi Over Vaccines

“Consignment (15 tonnes) of Indian medical relief for COVID19 lands in Wuhan. Strong expression of our solidarity with the Chinese people at this difficult time. Thank you IAF and Indian Embassy in Beijing for your efforts,” Union External Minister S Jaishankar said in a tweet. Also Read - Delhi Lockdown Likely To Be Extended Till May 24, Metro Services To Remain Shut: Report

India had last week, accused China of deliberately and “inexplicably” delaying granting clearance for the aircraft to bring back their citizens. However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry had maintained that there had been no delay, saying talks were still going on between the two neighbours.

China has previously assisted India to evacuate a large number of Indians from Wuhan and Hubei province, the ministry had added.

Meanwhile, India has also evacuated the remaining 122 citizens, who did not show any symptoms, from the cruise ship Diamond Princess quarantined off Japan coast. A total of 138 citizens – including 6 passengers and 132 crew – were on board the ship among 3,711 people. The other 16 Indians who had tested positive were shifted to a hospital where their condition is being closely monitored.