2,800 Indians are trying to evacuate the US, but they can't get flights home because of India's strict coronavirus lockdown
More than 2,800 Indians are looking to be evacuated from the US back to India, but they can't get flights home because of India's coronavirus lockdown.
More than 2,800 people have joined a Facebook group called "USA TO INDIA EVACUATION FLIGHTS," where members have joined together, petitioning the Indian Embassy in the US to send them home.
The Indian Embassy to the US, however, told the group that there would be no flights to India until the country lifts its lockdown put in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic, CNN reported.
India, which has a population of 1.343 billion people, has had 35,365 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,152 deaths from the virus, according to a tracker from Johns Hopkins University.
The country has been on lockdown since March, and its current phase is expected to last until May 3. The lockdown has closed all nonessential businesses, public transportation, and international travel on commercial flights. According to The BBC, it was one of the first countries to put heavy travel restrictions in place.
The Facebook group of stranded Indians includes students, travelers on tourist visas, people who have lost their work visas, and more, CNN reported. Many of them are trying to get home for relatives' funerals and medical treatments.
Some have considered taking private jets. But the costs, they told CNN, would be upwards of $70,000 per person.
Bindu Manjunath, who's undergoing a series of treatments to address her stage-four liver cancer diagnoses, says she needs to get home to India for medical treatment. She told CNN the costs of the US healthcare system were prohibitive.
"I had finished all my tests before leaving for the US, (and) a small tumor is still inside (me)," she told CNN. "I really have to get back to continue my treatment — any treatment here would be a burden on my family."
It remains unclear when India will allow international travel again. CNN reported that the Foreign Ministry is working with Indian states on bringing residents back from other countries.
The Facebook group's founder, Michael Khanna, told CNN he's hopeful people will get back to India sooner rather than later.
"We are hoping at the minimum, the critical cases get evacuated first. Authorities are listening ... all we need is a small window to travel back," he said.
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India needs to at least repatriate its own citizens who are permanently living in India (not those having a resident visa in another country) immediately. They are facing untold financial burdens.
Have all these people take a coronavirus test. Negative means negative and good to travel.
They can't wait 2 more days when the lockdown ends on May 3rd?
Indians can fly to countries like - Sri Lanka, Burma, Tibet, etc and then take other mode of transportation to home.
India has extended visas of US citizens stuck there because of strict lockdown
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They could fly to a different country and wait there.
On the other hand US tried to evacuate US citizens from India but they won't go.
I have a kayak. I'm sure at least 60 Indians can cling to it like they do on trains and paddle back to India with no problem.