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Coronavirus: IAF aircraft to leave for Iran tonight to bring back Indians


New Delhi, Mar 09: An Indian Air Force transport aircraft will be sent to Iran on Monday night to bring back Indians stranded in the coronavirus-hit nation, official sources said.

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The C-17 Globemaster military aircraft is expected to depart from the Hindon airbase around 8 pm, they said. About 2,000 Indians are living in Iran, a country that has witnessed increasing numbers of coronavirus cases in the last few days.

Three days ago, a Mahan airline plane had brought swab samples of 300 Indians from Iran to India. The Union Health Ministry was initially considering setting up a laboratory in Iran to test Indians living in the country for coronavirus.

However, the plan was shelved due to logistical issues.

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