The Ministry of External Affairs has advised all Indians abroad to stay put. “These restrictions are temporary, so one should not panic. If Indians are held up in some places, our advice would be to stay put,” said Dammu Ravi, additional secretary MEA in charge of coordinating the efforts to counter COVID-19.
Ravi also said that India’s missions and ambassadors “are at the forefront to support stranded Indians.”
In keeping with that the MEA has released a comprehensive list of 24/7 COVID-19 helpline numbers that Indians can use no matter which region they are in:
Meanwhile the Indian government has also set up a MyGov Corona Helpdesk on Whatsapp in a bid to reduce panic among Indian citizens.