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Coronavirus: The first group of 58 Indian pioneers being returned from Iran.

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The first batch was led back in an Indian Air Force aircraft – C-17 Globemaster – which arrived at Hindon air force station in Ghaziabad, near Delhi this time. “Mission accomplished,” Foreign minister tweeted minutes later. This the second such clearing by the C-17 Globemaster – the largest service aircraft in the IAF inventory – in the last two weeks. On February 27, 76 Indians and 36 foreign nationals were brought back from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of coronavirus outbreak, by the aircraft of the Indian Air Force. The plane can bring large combat gear, troops and humanitarian aid across long distances in all-weather situations.

Hundreds of Indians are stranded in Iran, one of the worst-hit countries in the world by coronavirus outbreak that began in Wuhan in December. More than 230 people have died, over 3,000 are infected in the country. With 1,945 cases, the capital Tehran remains the area with the most crises.

On Monday, S Jaishankar made a wonderment visit to Kashmir to guarantee the family of Indian students stuck in Iran. “Met in #Srinagar the families of Indian students in #Iran. Assured them that our Embassy @India_in_Iran is monitoring their welfare. We are committed to facilitating their early return to India,” he tweeted after the visit. In India, the total number of coronavirus cases rose to 47 on Monday after a Bengaluru resident, who had recently visited the United States, tested positive for coronavirus.

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