As many as 19 Indians tested positive for Covid-19 in a Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) flight, which landed in the central Chinese city of Wuhan from New Delhi on Friday putting a question mark on upcoming special flights to China including one to the same city slated for later this month.


Among the 277 passengers who came on the flight, at least 39 were also suspected to be potentially asymptomatic Covid-19 patients as tests found antibodies in them.


All 58 passengers have been transferred to designated Covid-19 hospitals and quarantine zones.


The remaining passengers are currently undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine in designated hotels.


The 39 suspected asymptomatic patients with Covid-19 antibodies are likely to be released in a few days after being monitored.


Its the largest number of Covid-19 positive cases for any VBM flight to China until now.


The Friday flight was the sixth VBM flight by Air India to China to help Indians stranded in both the countries to travel back to their destinations.


More than 1500 Indians are waiting to return to China in upcoming VBM flights expected over the coming weeks.


There is still no word from China when nearly 23000 Indian students studying here will be able to return.


The Delhi-Wuhan-Delhi flight was announced after the cancellation of the October 23 flight to Guangzhou in south China.


The large number of positive cases in the Air India VBM flight could lead to the postponement of the upcoming flight to Wuhan later this month.


India has sent a request for approval to Chinese authorities for next flight in November to land in Wuhan but is yet to get a response.



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19 Foreigners test Covid-19 positive on a flight to China



As many as 19 Indians tested positive for Covid-19 in a Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) flight, which landed in the central Chinese city of Wuhan from New Delhi on Friday putting a question mark on upcoming special flights to China including one to the same city slated for later this month.


Among the 277 passengers who came on the flight, at least 39 were also suspected to be potentially asymptomatic Covid-19 patients as tests found antibodies in them.


All 58 passengers have been transferred to designated Covid-19 hospitals and quarantine zones.


The remaining passengers are currently undergoing the mandatory 14-day quarantine in designated hotels.


The 39 suspected asymptomatic patients with Covid-19 antibodies are likely to be released in a few days after being monitored.


Its the largest number of Covid-19 positive cases for any VBM flight to China until now.


The Friday flight was the sixth VBM flight by Air India to China to help Indians stranded in both the countries to travel back to their destinations.


More than 1500 Indians are waiting to return to China in upcoming VBM flights expected over the coming weeks.


There is still no word from China when nearly 23000 Indian students studying here will be able to return.


The Delhi-Wuhan-Delhi flight was announced after the cancellation of the October 23 flight to Guangzhou in south China.


The large number of positive cases in the Air India VBM flight could lead to the postponement of the upcoming flight to Wuhan later this month.


India has sent a request for approval to Chinese authorities for next flight in November to land in Wuhan but is yet to get a response.



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