Odishatv Bureau

New Delhi: National carrier Air India's special flight operated to the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, to evacuate Indians stranded there, landed at the IGI airport here on Saturday.

Accordingly, the flight ferried back 324 Indian nationals.

The airline said that the special flight landed at Delhi airport at 7.26 a.m.

Air India started evacuation of Indians from Wuhan with the first special flight which was operated using a double decker jumbo 747 with 15 cabin crew and five cockpit crew.

The flight had departed from Indira Gandhi International Airport (T3), Delhi for the central Chinese city on Friday.

Besides, the crew, the flight also ferried a team of five doctors from the Ram Manohar Lohia hospital and one paramedical staff from Air India.

Meanwhile, the Indian passengers will be quarantined for 14 days at the two Quarantine Centres set-up at Manesar(managed by Armed Forces Medical Services) and Chawla Camp (managed by ITBP). All the male passengers (approx. 280) will be sent to Manesar Camp and families/females (approx. 90) will be housed in the ITBP camp.

If any person is found affected by Novel Coronavirus, he/she will be shifted to the designated hospital for further investigation and management. In that case, it will be also assessed if further quarantine of the contacts is required.

Rajiv Garg, DGHS is the Nodal Officer from Ministry of Health& Family Welfare to look after overall arrangements at the ITBP facility. Medical Teams for Manesar Camp are being taken care by AFMS. Adequate medical care will be provided by a team of doctors at both the facilities. In addition, a 50-bedded critical care facility has been set-up at Safdurjung Hospital in Delhi for critical care of the patients. All persons admitted to both the quarantine facilities will be monitored on daily basis for a period of 14 days.

A nodal officer has also been deputed from each Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence and Ministry of External Affairs for effective coordination.A WhatsApp group of all these officers along with Nodal Officers of the Camps has created for seamless communication.

(With IANS Inputs)