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Stay put, follow local advice, missions abroad tell Indians

NEW DELHI: As travel restrictions mount both in the country and abroad, Indian missions across the world — from Germany to Japan and Malaysia — have asked Indian nationals to stay put where they are and follow social distancing advice from local authorities.
In Iran, though, even as the Indian mission asked Indians to follow local travel restrictions, it also said it was continuing to make efforts for safe return of stranded seafarers, students in Kish Island and others despite the travel ban in both the countries.
The situation in Iran remains complicated with many of the Indian nationals having tested positive for Covid-19. The government had earlier sent a medical team to test Indian nationals and it has for now decided to only evacuate those who test negative. The Supreme Court had issued a notice to the Union government on Friday on a petition which sought evacuation of over 800 Indian pilgrims from Qom, the epicenter of Covid-19 in Iran. Apart from students and pilgrims, more than 50 Indian seafarers have been left aground at different Iranian ports.
The Indian high commission in Malaysia on Friday again asked Indian nationals to stay indoors as flights to India had been temporarily stopped. There are more than 450 Indians in Kuala Lumpur awaiting evacuation. These include tourists and also Indians employed locally who want to return, says software engineer Balakrishna K.
“I’m alone here without my family and want to return. We have no information from Indian authorities as to how long this situation will last,” says Mahima Gupta, a medical student who is in Nilai for internship. A resident of Visakhapatnam, Balakrishna was supposed to get married in India in April but the marriage stands postponed now. “I’ve my accommodation here but I just want to return and hope the Indian government does something for us,” he says. Local authorities in Malaysia on Saturday confirmed over 2,300 infections and 27 deaths.

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