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20,000 Britons repatriated in full pandemic – Foreign Office

More than 20,000 Britons have been repatriated on 99 government chartered flights from 21 countries since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Foreign Ministry said.

The number of returnees includes 10,000 people from India on 41 flights since April 8 and 2,000 out of 10 planes from Pakistan.

Some 2,000 people have been brought back from South Africa and about 1,200 from Peru, the government said.

More charter flights are planned in the coming days, including 28 more from South Asia before May 4 and another picking up passengers in Guyana and Argentina.

Speaking at the daily Downing Street briefing on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab admitted that “the job is not yet finished” and pledged to “continue this unprecedented effort”.

Raab went on to say that the Foreign Office (FCO) had worked with airlines and foreign governments to help 1.3 million people return to the UK on commercial flights.

This includes 200,000 from Spain, 50,000 from Australia and 11,000 from Pakistan.


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