Coronavirus: 236 Indian nationals evacuated from Iran quarantined at Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer/UNI: As many as 236 Indian nationals, who were evacuated from coronavirus-hit Iran, reached Indian Army Quarantine facility established at Jaisalmer in Rajasthan on Sunday.
The evacuated people include 100 males and 136 females.
''These evacuated persons will be quarantined for a period of 14 days under professional medical supervision,'' Rajasthan-based Defence PRO Col Sombit Ghosh said.
The nationals were brought back by two Air India flights.
COVID-19 or coronavirus has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and a large number of Indian stranded in corona-affected countries like Italy, Iran and others are being evacuated by the Government.
As a precautionary measure, these evacuated persons are to be kept under quarantine for a period of fourteen days.
The Indian Army has set up Wellness Centres at various locations to provide a credible response to COVID-19.
The Wellness Centre at Jaisalmer is an initiative of the Indian Army to support the nation's fight against COVID-19.
The operationalisation of these facilities demonstrates Indian Army's commitment to the nation to handle multiple challenges, Col Ghosh added.
The Wellness Centre at Jaisalmer is fully equipped and functional facility to help Indian citizens undertake the mandatory quarantine period under the supervision of skilled medical authorities.
Soldiers have volunteered to provide care and support to our countrymen returning from overseas, Col Ghosh added.
The Army Wellness Centre is working in total synergy with the Civil Administration Airport authorities and Air Force to ensure proper care is provided to all evacuated citizens.
Prophylactic measures are being taken to prevent spread of the contagion, the PRO said.
Awareness campaigns are being undertaken to educate the peopie about COVID-19.
Military and Civil Authorities at Jaisalmer have urged the people to take adequate precautions against COVID-19.
They have assured them that there is no need to panic as requisite medical infrastructure is in place to handle any eventuality.
The Indian Army's coordinated efforts with the local administration is bound to succeed in fighting out COVID-19 from India, the PRO said.
The number of Covid-19 cases has passed 1.5 lakh globally with more than 5,760 deaths.
Mainland China now has coronavirus 80,824 cases and 3,189 deaths with 65,541 people recovered.
Worst-hit country after China remains Italy which saw the biggest increase with more than 415 fresh deaths and 11,000 new cases.
The latest death toll in Italy stood at 1,441 with 21,157 total cases.