Malaysians in India to be flown back due to surge in Covid-19 cases there, says Hisham

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian citizens in certain parts of India will be repatriated following concerns over the sharp spike in the number of Covid-19 cases there, says the Foreign Ministry.

Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pic) said those to be repatriated include Malaysians who are home-based staff as well as their dependents, adding that flights will be chartered to bring them home.

"The flights will depart to New Delhi and Mumbai as soon as all affairs have been sorted out, including flight clearance from the Indian government," he said on Thursday (May 6).

Hishammuddin said Malaysians who will be brought home on this mission are to do Covid-19 swab tests before departure and upon arrival in Malaysia.

They will also be quarantined for 14 days at government-designated quarantine stations.

The Foreign Minister said this mission would not involve the southern and eastern regions in India as the situation there is under control.

"The ministry, via the consulate-general in Chennai will continue to monitor the situation at these regions and will make assessments to ensure the safety and welfare of Malaysians in India are looked after," he said.

Malaysians who are residing in the northern and western regions of India who want to be repatriated are advised to register with the Malaysian High Commission in New Delhi and the Malaysian consulate-general in Mumbai via e-mail and the latest by 5pm (India time) on Friday, May 7,2021.

India's Covid-19 cases spiked in April to daily record highs, and experts warn the country's worsening health crisis could scuttle efforts to end the global pandemic.

The South Asian country – home to around 1.4 billion people or 18% of the world's population – accounted for 46% of new Covid-19 cases globally in the past week, the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday (May 5).

One in every four deaths in the past week are from India, it said.

India has reported more than 300,000 new cases daily in the last two weeks and overtook Brazil in April to become the second-worst infected country in the world.

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