COVID-19: Australia evacuates 425 citizens from India

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New Delhi (NVI): Australia today airlifted its 425 citizens stranded in India amid the coronavirus pandemic, the second evacuation flight operated by the country from Delhi.

A special charter flight left for Melbourne from Delhi today. The flight was organized by a group of Australians led by Simon Quinn.

The Australian High Commission in India confirmed the development, while tweeting: “Another charter, JT2846, supported by the High Commission, took off from #Delhi for #Melbourne with 425 passengers. It was organised by Australians led by Simon Quinn. Thanks to the Indian authorities for facilitation.”

Before this, Australia had operated the first evacuation flight from India on April 12, repatriating 444 people.

Australia began airlifting its citizens from India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured his counterpart from Canberra Scott Morrison of “necessary facilitation and support to any Australian citizens stranded in India due to travel restrictions”. Both the leaders had a telephonic conversation recently.

The Australian Government stepped up efforts last week to bring back its nationals stuck in various affected parts of the world.