As US Covid-19 cases hit 1M, many Americans opt to stay on in India
NEW YORK: Many Americans in India who had signed up for airlifts back to the US are now deciding to stay back and "ride it out" during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the State Department's top consular offi al.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Ian Brownlee said on Tuesday that many who had enlisted for repatriation from India were not responding to offers of seats on the planes arranged by the department to take them home.
The number of recorded Covid-19 cases in the US reached 1 million on Tuesday, with 58,348 deaths, while India had only 31,368 offi ally recorded cases with 1,008 fatalities, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
Brownlee said: "Two weeks ago, we had a list of folks and we were pretty sure if we called (the) folks they'd show up at the airport and say, 'Yes, please.' We're now getting to the point on that list, we're having to make multiple calls for individual seats because people are deciding 'No,' they'd just as soon ride it out where they are."
Last week he said that 4,000 Americans had been brought back to the US and 6,000 were waiting for airlifts.
India has cancelled passenger flights and rail transportation during the strict lockdown imposed on March 25.
Brownlee had spoken earlier of the massive logistics effort required to bring Americans from around the vast country to Mumbai and New Delhi, the departure points for the chartered flights.
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In the oions of some, India is the safest country in the world today. Look at India’s population of appromately 1.3 billion people and its crowded cities with poor hygiene conditions. Then see its performance in the control of CORONAVIRUS. Some divine power is hel India.
India is CERTAINLY BETTER THAN USA FOR SAFETY FROM COVID-19 VIROUS.
AND ULTIMATELY EACH INDIVIDUAL MUST FOLLOW THE COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS FOR SELF CARE .
Have compared the No.of tests done per million of USA with India.
India under Modi fared much much better considering our poor health infrastructure vs USA under Trump which fared the worst despite having the most cutting edge technology in health infrastructure... INDIA IS RISING while USA is slowly but surely is past it's prime...
Many foreigners who are here not willing to go back to their countries and Indian s who in foreign countries want to come back home to India
Thanks to Modiji's plan of lockdown India is safer than US. Modi hai toh mumkin hai
Every Indian must follow lockdown seriously so that we don't come into situation like US.
Let people stay in the safest country today. We have shown the world what a super power we are.
Safe from covid, relatively yes... Superpower .. not by any means lol ... Stop with the unnecessary self praise.
India is the safest country today in the whole world thanks to timely enforcement of lockdown by the govt. now the govt should not show haste in opening it up and risk loosing the advantage it has created by this lockdown. Economic activity will pick up again whenever the lockdown stops but human life always takes precedence over economy.
India can declare some areas as corona free and woo foreigners to settle down if they bring in 10 million dollars as investment and give employment to at least 50 people.
Welcome to North East India, we are almost Corona free and new cases coming up only from the quarantine homes that too not.daily but weekly twice max.
We welcome foreigners to come and invest here, stay healthy, stay peacefully but generate employment, invest in a Business.
Hem Chandra Pant
Good decision by Americans .The death toll in USA due to coronavir s has crossed 57550
But Aamir Khan and his wife, Ravish Kuma are afraid in India.
Trump is useless presi nt
Lockdown and extreme cleanliness is the surest way to control the spread of vir s. In USA it was not and is not followed to the letter. That is why it spread so fast.
India is safest.
They all understood well, India is the safest place to live in, as of now. See the infection rates crossing 1 million in U.S and death over 50K, where as India managed to contain it with 32K as of today with death toll just crossed 1K mark. Is it not a proof that India is now certainly handling the Covid-19 pandemic in a correct way ?!
considering the way the pential green card holders are treated over there, these people should be kicked out of india
Trump may Nominate Modi-ji As Next Candidate for US-Presi nt..!!
Covid 19 management in India is much better than that in USA and India has put more emphasis on human lives over money unlike in USA - so Americans are feeling more secure in India than the USA
Naturally, India is a safer place for them to live in now.
Great achievement for go nment.