Quarantined for a month in Mumbai, 44 return home to Kashmir

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Srinagar: Forty-four Kashmiris, including twenty-four women – who were evacuated from Iran on 13 March – have been fully recovered and have returned home, said an Indian Navy (IN) official on Monday.

On Sunday, the evacuees were flown to Srinagar by an IAF flight in a C-130 aircraft. This ended the ordeal for the people – who were airlifted from Iran to Mumbai, and then shunted to IN Quarantine Facility in Ghatkopar, where they spent thirty days in total isolation.

A dedicated IN medical team, plus staff and conservancy personnel, worked tirelessly to monitor the health of the forty-four evacuees who have all tested COVID-19 negative on 28 March.

Their meals were prepared under strict supervision and customized to cater to any specific requirements, and the evacuees got minor comforts by way of a library, a TV room, indoor games, a mini-gym, limited cricket gear, etc.

“The IN is committed to assist the national effort in the fight against COVID-19 and stands ready to aid the citizens of India and the civil administration in every manner possible,” said a spokesperson. Each was given a complimentary packet of food, refreshments, and two hand-made masks, courtesy the Navy Wives Welfare Association, Ghatkopar.

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