Iraq evacuates citizens from virus-stricken India

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BAGHDAD (May 3): Iraq on Monday began evacuating its nationals from India, amid the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in the south Asian country, Anadolu Agency reported.

“Iraqi Airways launched first exceptional flights to India to evacuate Iraqi citizens stranded there due to the spread of coronavirus,” airline chief Kifah Hussein said in a statement.

He said all official approvals have been obtained from the Iraqi and Indian authorities for bringing the Iraqi nationals back home.

India has registered another global record in daily coronavirus infections, with over 350,000 cases since April 22. The country's overall tally reached over 19,9 million cases, including 218,959 fatalities.