Two Sri Lankans on- board the coronavirus-hit quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess were flown out from Tokyo, Japan to India along with 119 Indians, and 3 foreign nationals from Nepal, South Africa and Peru today.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stated via Twitter that the Acting High Commissioner for India in Sri lanka had informed him that the two Sri Lankans have arrived safely in New Delhi.
“The Actg. Indian High Com. in #lka informed me the two Sri Lankans on board the #DiamondPrincess who were quarantined were flown out of Tokyo & arrived safely in #Delhi. My heartfelt gratitude to PM @narendramodi, the Gov. of India & @airindiain for facilitating the evacuation.”, tweeted PM Rajapaksa.
The 2 Sri Lankans have reportedly tested negative for Coronavirus, but will remain in quarantine in New Delhi for 14 – days before returning to Sri Lanka.
As many as 138 Indians including 132 crew and six passengers were among the 3,711 people on board the luxury cruise ship, which was quarantined off Japan on February 5 after it emerged that a former passenger had tested positive for the virus.
Of these, 16 were tested positive for Coronavirus and will stay in Japan for treatment, while the remaining have been repatriated to India.
Coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people in 37 countries, causing more than 2,600 deaths in the past few months. (Colombo Gazette)