234 Indians stranded in coronavirus-hit Iran have arrived in India: External Affairs Minister Jaishankar
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New Delhi: Two hundred and thirty-four Indians stranded in coronavirus-hit Iran have arrived in India, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Sunday. The batch comprises 131 students and 103 pilgrims, he said.

"234 Indians stranded in Iran have arrived in India; including 131 students and 103 pilgrims. Thank you Ambassador Dhamu Gaddam and @India_in_Iran team for your efforts. Thank Iranian authorities," Jaishankar tweeted.

The third batch of Indians from Iran arrived early Sunday. A second batch of 44 Indian pilgrims had arrived from Iran on Friday. Iran is one of the worst-affected countries by the coronavirus outbreak and the government has been working on plans to bring back Indians stranded there. The first batch of 58 Indian pilgrims were brought back from Iran on Tuesday.

Iran is among the worst affected country from the coronavirus with 12,729 cases and 611 deaths so far. In the past few days, India has carried out several evacuations of Indians nationals from Iran. The first batch consisting of 58 nationals were brought back in a C17 military transport aircraft on Tuesday followed by another evacuation of 44 individuals on Friday. Meanwhile, 84 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported so far from across India.

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