The first flight to evacuate Iraqis stranded in India arrived on Monday late night at Baghdad International Airport.
The General Director of Iraqi Airways, Kifah Hassan, said in a statement that "the Iraqi citizens who were evacuated by the Green Bird reached about (399) citizens, and Passengers and Delegations buses were prepared by the Iraqi Airways to transport them to the places specified by the Iraqi Ministry of Health and the competent authorities."
On her part, Dr. Ruba Falah Hasan, a member of the medical media team, told the Iraqi News Agency, "INA,": "The people returning from India will be compulsorily quarantined in a Baghdad hotel," indicating that swabs will be taken from them upon their arrival, and in the event of a positive result, they will be isolated in a center."
Iraq has previously canceled all flights to and from India, as the country deals with one of the worst waves of coronavirus.
The number of coronavirus infections in India has officially passed 20 million cases. In the capital Delhi, an oxygen crunch has shown no signs of abating and people are struggling for treatment. The city reported that 448 people died on Monday - another record toll.