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Indian student Shivanghi Yadev left stranded in Belfast because of coronavirus can finally fly home

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Shivanghi Yadev

Shivanghi Yadev

Shivanghi Yadev

An Indian medical student stranded in Belfast for three months by Covid-19 travel restrictions can finally fly home today.

Shivanghi Yadev from Delhi was due to leave the UK on March 21, just days after the Indian Government closed its borders - even to its own citizens.

The country has since begun the biggest repatriation operation in its history. But the two-month delay could set back Shivanghi's graduation by a whole year.

And she's had to watch from afar as her peers join the country's coronavirus response.

Shivanghi said: "Obviously there is financial stress and academic stress.

"I wish I was back there to be a little help to the community there and I'm stuck here so it is frustrating. My friends who were in the same class have been interning - they are in the hospitals helping and working."

Shivanghi is the second Indian national to be repatriated with the help of Belfast's Indian Community Centre. Last week, a woman visiting her children here was flown home to be with her husband, who was alone and unwell.

The centre's chair, Dr Satyavir Singhal, said about a dozen Indian nationals are waiting to return home. Meanwhile they are being supported by NI's Indian community.

"If anybody has a problem liaising with the High Commission and they want to discuss their problems, or some mental support, if they have a medical condition and they want to see a doctor, we can organise that," he said.

Belfast Telegraph