New Delhi: Seventeen Indians living abroad have tested positive for novel coronavirus, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Wednesday.
Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan responding to a question in Lok Sabha said 16 cases were reported from onboard cruise ship Diamond Princess — and are now being treated at a medical facility in Japan, while one Indian national tested positive in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The minister further informed that the government evacuated a total of 766 people — including 723 Indian nationals and 43 foreigners from China — the epicentre of the outbreak.
In addition, a total of 119 Indians have been brought back to India from Diamond Princess, the minister said.
"Air India has raised a bill of Rs. 5,98,90,352 for operating two special flights to China," the response read, adding, "Expenditure details for the special flight - Japan to India - for evacuation is yet to be received from Air India."
The luxury ship had been quarantined off the coast of Japan on February 5 after one of the passengers was tested positive for novel coronavirus.
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