Covid-19: More than 1,600 M'sians still stranded in India, efforts underway to bring them home


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: More than 1,600 Malaysians remain stranded in India with ongoing efforts being made to bring them home, says Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaafar.

"A total of 558 arrived in Malaysia from Chennai and Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) via three chartered aircraft from AirAsia.

"A total of 186 landed at KLIA2 at about 5.30am while the remainder landed at the here at about 5.00am and 6am Wednesday (March 25)," he said in a statement.

He said that MIC had stepped forward to bear the costs for the chartered AirAsia flights to bring the stranded Malaysians home in a bid to help the government.

To date, Kamarudin said that MIC has helped in the evacuation of 1,119 Malaysians from India, including three babies.

"Those returning home have to self quarantine for 14-days as required by the Health Ministry," he added.

He also said efforts were underway to evacuate 1,679 Malaysians still stranded in India.

Separately, Kamarudin said that 109 Malaysians are arriving home from Cambodia at 9pm on Wednesday through a Malaysian Airlines (MAS) flight while six had arrived at 5.30pm.

He thanked T7 Global Bhd for coming forward to bear the cost of flight tickets for the stranded Malaysians.

On Tuesday (March 24), Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein said that more than 1,000 stranded abroad have been evacuated home.

The recent lockdown in several countries due to the Covid-19 coronavirus saw disruption of flights, leaving thousands stranded in several major airports in the region.

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