“About 1,300 American citizens have been brought back as of last night, and we have five additional flights scheduled this week. It’s difficult to say with any certainty how many Americans intend or need assistance in repatriating to the US. We have had over 7,000 register with the US embassy and consulate,” Alice G Wells, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, mentioned throughout a teleconference right here on Monday.
While Wells didn’t give a transparent thought on why remainder of the Americans had developed cold feet to return again residence, it may be seen within the context of the US rising as the new spot of coronavirus on this planet.
Till Monday, over 360,000 folks have examined optimistic with coronavirus and the fatalities have crossed the 10,000 in a matter of weeks.
Wells mentioned Americans in India have been wanted to decide.
Members of the White House Task Force on Coronavirus have projected between 100,000 and 200,000 COVID-19 deaths within the US within the subsequent several weeks.
Ian Brownlee, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, mentioned a lot of Americans in India have cancelled their intent to journey to the US even after the US Government made preparations for his or her flights.
“We had multiple thousands who, when we put in India when we put the call out for expressions of interest in a flight, and yet over this weekend, our staff in India literally cold-called 800 people asking if they wanted to get on a flight today. We got 10 positive responses,” Brownlee mentioned.
Since January 29, the US has introduced residence over 43,000 American residents together with these from international locations like Peru, India, Egypt, Nepal, and Burundi.
The US is at present engaged on over 80 flights worldwide, Brownlee mentioned.
Of these, the US organized 13 flights from South and Central Asia, together with particular flights residence for about 2,900 US residents from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan.