Coronavirus outbreak: 85 Indian students in Italian town send SOS
JAIPUR: Around 85 Indian students stranded for a week in the university town of Pavia in north Italy’s Lombardy region, which has reported 17 coronavirus deaths over the past few days, have sent an SOS seeking evacuation at the earliest. Some of these students were booked on flights to India that got cancelled in the wake of new coronavirus cases being reported in Italy.
Panic among the students has escalated since a non-teaching faculty member of the University of Pavia’s engineering department tested positive for coronavirus. Around 15 other staff members have been quarantined.
Students in Italy fear situation might get worse
Half of us had booked tickets to return to India, but flights are getting cancelled every day and new tickets are prohibitively expensive,” Ankita KS, a student from Bengaluru pursuing a degree in international business and entrepreneurship, told TOI over phone. “Grocery shops here are fast running out of stocks. We fear the situation might get worse and, therefore, request the go nment of India to step in.”
Of the 85 Indian students stuck in Pavia, 25 are from Telangana, 20 from Karnataka, 15 from Tamil Nadu, four from Kerala, two from Delhi and one each from Rajasthan, Gurgaon and Dehradun. Around 65 of them are studying engineering.
Industrial automation student Purushoth Kumar Madhu is scheduled to fly out to India on March 10, but uncertainty over whether the flight will operate is making him jittery. “I am told most flights through the Gulf are being cancelled. Indians being quarantined on arrival at Indian airports for 10-15 days is another concern,” he said.
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Upnorth • USA • 6 hours ago
So let me get this straight. The flights are expensive so they want the go nment to use tax payers money to bring them back. They don't want to be quarantined on arrival in India, so spreading this to India and the poor is not a concern for these kids from upper middle class
D Bhat • India • 9 hours ago
Indian students who go abroad must pay for their own flights to return. It's not possible for Indian go nment to pay for rescue flights from every corner of the world. Ask Rahul and Sonia to pay for them.
Chandrasekhar J• 6 hours ago
Have some sense, they are students, not financially independent
Amrit Bindra • Cleveland • 8 hours ago
These students had to go abroad for studies because the Indian Universities are reserved for under performers who drop out mid way!
paarth • 9 hours ago
Well they should have come back sooner when the flights were cheaper. They can't have it both ways and then expect the go nment to bail them out. Obviously they are going to be quarantined when the come back. They might be infected
Sachin • 9 hours ago
we dont need them to spread it here
Ravindra Gupta• 4 hours ago
YOU SELFISH IDIOT
THESE STUDENTS NEED TO BE EVACUATED.
GOVERNMENT of India should act fast.
Pkmb • 3 hours ago
i really do not understand this concept of Indians. they run out of India for good and when something bad happens there, they expect the go nment of India to help them.
aren't they supposed to co-operate with the local authorities and help them contain the virus? instead they want to come to India to spread the virus.
AsaMatterOfFact • 9 hours ago
Why do students seek admission overseas, are they incompetent to compete and seek admissions with in India.
Create & Innovate • 3 hours ago
More than half of these students will settle down outside India, after completing their education and will be discriminating against their own fellow Indians.
Nandakumar • Bengaluru • 3 hours ago
I can't understand why somebody would go to Italy and China to study
Bong Parasite Roy Bhonsdika Mc• 2 hours ago
parents got ill gotten black money, child spoiled, couldn't get admitted to a good institution in India, so sent outside to get purchased degrees.
Anuj Ahluwalia • Columbus, Ohio • 6 hours ago
The virus is spreading worldwide . High time go nments should stop evacuations and let people recover wherever they are. Yiy can not evacuate from 50 different countries
Vicky Rajput• 1 hour ago
y not? India can go to moon.. build a billion dollar statue.. fund hyperloops. and cant respond to SOS for its very own citizens.
Prakash Hande • 5 hours ago
this is an interesting request! until now there is no travel ban for italy. They can easily return - i don't understand why they need to request SOS.
AsaMatterOfFact • 7 hours ago
why should taxpayers money be spent to bring them home. They should ask their prents to foot the bill as they financed thier studies abroad, if they can spend thousnads of dollars on their studies then why can't they pay for their one side fare.
Harami Popat • 3 hours ago
Beat them up so badly right left and center that their generations will never think of leaving india and going else where.
Narendra • 3 hours ago
People leave India and go to other countries to study n work and let other companies grow.. they only need India while they are in difficult times.. Dont bring them back. it will be difficult to control here..
Sanjeev • 5 hours ago
if they can afford to study in European countries. they can very well afford to buy flight tickets though bit expensive, why do they want Indian Government to spend on their return fares , Italy is still not quarantined like China.
Vicky • 5 hours ago
Better the students can take flights through other routes, they can afford it very well.
Guest • 4 hours ago
Why Sonia Vinci Barmaid dancer is not helping those poor stranded students.
Jagdish Madan • Vancouver BC • 4 hours ago
All Indians needing assistance to evacuate from anywhere must be helped. Italy and Italians are particularly dangerous for Indians.
vikas Machiah • 2 hours ago
Most of these Students who go abroad want to seek job abroad.. get citizenship and forget own country. Even they are not bothered about their parents and friends.. these students should reach out Italy anty Sonia for help.. modi uncle will not do anything..
Subu • 3 hours ago
They should be in touch with Sonia for help instead of Modi .....
Desi Daroo • 2 hours ago
Italy is the home country of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.. Ask them to arrange flights for their return.
Aryan Thakur • New Delhi • 3 hours ago
Dont bring these anti nationals back let them stay there only blood urban naxals
Nehala • 9 hours ago
Hope they reach safely...
Ankit • 2 hours ago
they shud stay there and get treated..they ll be first to leave India when it spreads here in India
Subbu India • Bengal • 5 hours ago
Indian students are there all over the World. Why come back leaving your studies. Italy is more developed place than India. There should be no reasong for scare and on the contrary why should you carry the virus in India.
Cometotom• 5 hours ago
Italy health management is weak , they dont have skill full talent in health industry. They bank on germany france n swiss