In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, Government of India has launched its biggest ever global evacuation operation, said Indian High Commissioner Sunjay Sudhir.
Two ships of the Indian Navy have been already deployed to repatriate around two thousand Indian nationals from Maldives to Kochi and Tuticorin. The Commissioner informs that priority will be given to women, children and those who have lost their jobs.
1st phase begins on 8th May from Male to Kochi in an Indian Naval ship with the capacity for 700 individuals. The vessel (INS Jalashwa) has already entered Male Port today while phase 2 of repatriation of Indian nationals will be conducted over the next few days.
On reaching the destination, all passengers will be medically screened and quarantined for 14 days, either in a hospital or in an institutional quarantine on payment-basis, by the concerned state government, says Indian government.