LARGE NUMBER OF INDIAN EXPATS INFECTED WITH COVID-19; 373 DEAD

 



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The number of Indian nationals living abroad is very high. The expats are heavily concentrated in the US, Middle East, Western Europe and Australia. According to V. Muraleedharan, the Minister of State of External Affairs told the parliament that 11,616 Indians who are living abroad have been infected resulting in 373 deaths. The majority of deaths comes from Saudi Arabia followed by Bahrain and Singapore reported the highest number of infections in Indian nationals.

The Indian Community Welfare Fund provided 22.5 crore rupees to assist the Indians living abroad. In many countries, the fund has helped numerous expats in securing shelter, food and medical emergencies. In May, the Indian Government has created a program called, “Vande Bharat.” The Indian nationals living abroad were provided with flights back to India with Delhi and Mumbai as the initial destinations. After the returning expats cleared Immigration and Customs formalities, they could travel to their destination through a strictly domestic flight. The “Vande Bharat” initiative was being rolled out in phases. The current phase 6 began on 1st of September.

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