Malaysians stranded in Covid-hit India will be repatriated – says Hisham

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PUTRAJAYA: Malaysian citizens who are stranded in COVID-hit India will be repatriated due to the escalating Covid-19 crisis in the country, says the Foreign Ministry.

Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein (pic) said 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 today.

However, Hishammuddin said the Malaysian nationals who will be brought home have to undergo Covid-19 swab tests before departure and upon arrival in Malaysia.

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

Malaysians who want to leave India and come back home 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 on Friday, May 7,2021.

India has recorded more than 300,000 new cases daily in the past few days and became the worst infected country in the world.

The spike in Covid in India was due to many religious and political gatherings and activities held recently across the country, according to reports.

In March this year, India had Assembly polls in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry and also there was a religious congregation in Haridwar during that time.

“This time around the second wave has hit like a tsunami. And the unfortunate part is it has not spared any part of our country,”  Biocon founder Kiran Mazumdar Shaw was quoted as saying by news portal The Hindu.

“This time around both urban India and more frighteningly it is rural India that has also got infected because we did have a bunch of state elections and a number of religious festivals that have really, really added to this horrific surge,” she added. -Malaysia World News


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