Indians To Be Evacuated From Coronavirus-Hit Italy Over Weekend: Centre

218 Indians, mostly students, arrived in Delhi from Milan on Sunday, following which they were taken to an ITBP quarantine facility in south-west Delhi's Chhawla area.

Indians To Be Evacuated From Coronavirus-Hit Italy Over Weekend: Centre

380 swab samples of Indians were brought back from Italy (Representational)

New Delhi:

The next batch of Indians stranded in coronavirus-hit Italy will be evacuated over the weekend, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.

It said 380 swab samples of Indians were brought back from Italy. Out of these, four have tested positive for coronavirus and the remaining 376 negative, Dammu Ravi, Additional Secretary in the MEA, said at a media briefing.

A total of 218 Indians, mostly students, arrived in Delhi from Milan on Sunday, following which they were taken to an ITBP quarantine facility in south-west Delhi's Chhawla area.

On evacuation of more Indians from Italy, Mr Ravi said the European nation is severely affected by the disease.

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"You are quite aware of the lockdown situation in Italy and the intra-provincial lockdowns are it difficult for us to evacuate," he said.

"Despite these challenging circumstances, we have been able to evacuate Indians. We are planning the next batch over the weekend," he said.