India is to send a ferry to repatriate Indian nationals stranded in the Maldives due the imposed lock down, and the restrictions on international travels in both the nations due the corona virus pandemic, an Indian news agency reports.
The Indian news outlet, Deccan Herald reports, as according to the Indian High Commission in the Maldives, that a total of 200 Indians would be brought back the country.
Giving information to an online news outlet of Maldives, the High Commission also stated that repatriation efforts are ongoing and that it has not been completely finalized.
The source from the High Commission also stated that preference would be given to those who have registered at the commission and cases would be prioritized based on compelling grounds such as medical, pregnancy, elderly, death in the family, stranded tourists, workers who lost jobs and destitute cases.
The Indian news outlet also reports that the nationals would be first ferried to Kochi, Kerela where they would be undergoing at least a 14 day mandatory quarantine before being allowed to travel to their respective destinations.