A unique Air India flight carrying 119 Indians and five nationals from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru, who ended up on board the coronavirus-strike quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, landed in New Delhi on Thursday early morning.

India thanked Japanese authorities for facilitating the evacuation of men and women.

“Air India flight has just landed in Delhi from Tokyo, carrying 119 Indians & five nationals from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru who ended up quarantined onboard the #DiamondPrincess thanks to #COVID19. Appreciate the facilitation of Japanese authorities.

Thank you @airindiain after again,” tweeted Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

As quite a few as 138 Indians like 132 crew and 6 travellers ended up among the the 3,711 men and women on board the luxury cruise ship, which was quarantined off Japan on February five following it emerged that a former passenger experienced tested good for the virus.

Of these, sixteen ended up tested good for coronavirus and will remain in Japan for cure, though the remaining will be repatriated to India.

The repatriation is staying facilitated by the Indian governing administration.

Coronavirus has infected additional than 80,000 men and women in 37 countries, triggering additional than two,600 deaths in the earlier handful of months.

Previously this month, India experienced evacuated as quite a few as 640 of its nationals from Wuhan — the capital of the Chinese province of Hubei which has been the epicentre of the novel coronavirus.