Hyderabad: A student from Andhra Pradesh is stranded in Rome, Italy, after officials prevented him from boarding a flight to India. In a video posted on Twitter, the student, Gutti Venkata Yaswanth, appealed for help from Indian embassy officials to ensure his safe return to the country.

The student alleged that embassy officials are not giving him proper information about his COVID-19 test results. “I got myself tested for Corona virus on 14 March but the officials are not giving me a proper date as to when I may expect the results. I had a flight on 11 March which I could not board. Apart from this, I have no information about which flight I should book to return home,” Yashwanth said in the video.

The Andhra student further said the condition in Rome is slightly better than Milan where 15 Hyderabadi students were stranded. These students are back in India now. “Here around 21,000 people have been affected and in one day almost 2,500 people are getting affected. Chances are that I might also be one of the affected people but if I was taken to Delhi and quarantined there, it would be better,” he said.

On 11 March, around 15 students from Hyderabad studying in Italy were stuck in Milan. The students, along with 35 other Indians, were prevented from boarding an Air India flight after they failed to provide a certificate stating they were not affected by COVID-19. In a new update, all these 15 students have been brought to Delhi and kept under quarantine.

On Friday, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic and warned that Europe has now become the “epicentre” for the virus.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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