Combating COVID-19 : Indian Air Force evacuated 1059 people

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IAF C-17 returned from Iran to Hindan airbase on 9 march with 58 Indian citizens onboard. The passengers included 25 men, 31 women and 2 children.

Since the outbreak of Novel Corona virus (COVID-19) in (Wuhan) China , Indian Air Force, Army and Navy as well as Ministry of Defence have proactively worked to evacuate Indian people from the Covid-19 affected countries China, Iran, Italy and Japan and quarantined them at their facilities to release after mandatory isolation.

From 1st February till date the Indian Air Force has evacuated 1059 people (including 05 foreigners) and quarantined them at their facilities/bases in Manesar (Haryana), Hindon (Ghaziabad), Ghatkopar (Mumbai} and Jaisalmer (Rajasthan).

Besides the Indian Navy has set up a quarantine camp at INS Vishwakarma at Vishakhapatnam which is fully equipped to accommodate nearly 200 personnel. Navy has also set up isolation facilities at its premier hospital INHS Asvini at Mumbai. The Naval base, Kochi under Southern Naval Command (SNC), is gearing up to provide quarantine facilities for Indian nationals. The SNC is also actively coordinating with the Kerala state health officials and Ernakulam district administration to explore the feasibility of provisioning civil hotels/resorts for quarantining.

Besides all Army Hospitals have been kept on alert to meet any eventuality. In an event of releasing the Draft Defence Procurement Procedure 2020 here yesterday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the current Covid-19 situation will not have much impact on their long gestation project.

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