Taiwan considers sending charter flight to India to evacuate Taiwanese

Taiwanese in India and Bangladesh have until April 14 to express interest in evacuation

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The Indian capital New Delhi during the coronavirus lockdown 

The Indian capital New Delhi during the coronavirus lockdown  (AP photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic expands in India, Taiwan is considering sending a charter flight to the South Asian country to evacuate its citizens, reports said Wednesday (April 8).

Earlier this month, 17 Taiwanese nationals left India on board Japanese charter flights to Tokyo, where they transferred to Taiwan-bound flights. However, India has reportedly been considering extending a 21-day lockdown, as its number of coronavirus cases has reached more than 5,000, including more than 150 deaths.

The Taiwanese representative office in India has asked China Airlines (CAL) about the possibility of sending over a plane and has contacted Taiwanese citizens living in India and Bangladesh to learn about their wishes, the Liberty Times reported. They have been asked to reply by April 14 to say whether or not they want to leave.

The representative office in New Delhi said it would offer the necessary assistance to the travelers, though they would personally have to fund their trip to the Indian capital as well as the plane ticket and any hotel costs, according to the Liberty Times report.