On Wednesday, The US said that they were in talks with India to help find accommodation for American citizens who are left stranded in the country because of the nationwide lockdown till the time flights for their evacuation can be arranged.
On Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a 21-day nationwide lockdown to help contain the spread of the deadly COVID-19 in the country. So far, the novel virus has infected over 640 and resulted in the deaths of at least 13 in India. Apart from essential services, the entire country has come to a standstill.
Amid the lockdown, American nationals are left stranded in India. The exact number of stranded Americans could not be ascertained, but it is believed to be in hundreds. “The US Mission to India continues to work with @StateDept & airline companies to arrange flights from India to the US for US citizens. Once flights are arranged, we will work with the GoI to arrange to the greatest extent possible safe passage to airports for US citizens,” ambassador Kenneth Juster tweeted.
The U.S. Mission to India continues to work with @StateDept & airline companies to arrange flights from India to the U.S. for U.S citizens. Once flights are arranged, we will work with the GoI to arrange to the greatest extent possible safe passage to airports for U.S. citizens. pic.twitter.com/TW6LbJK82N— Ken Juster (@USAmbIndia) March 25, 2020
In his national address on Tuesday, PM Modi said that observing this 21-day lockdown will save the country from going back 21 years.
Health authorities are urging people to stay at home-- which is the only way to flatten the curve. COVID-19, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan has infected over 4,70,000 worldwide and killed thousands of people.
Let us together (yet apart) battle these trying times.