A Burnaby woman is worried her father may be stranded in India after that country announced a full 21-day lockdown to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Preet Basi says her father Jiwan travelled to the state of Haryana on a business matter back in February, before the Canadian government advised against international travel due to the coronavirus pandemic, with plans to return on April 10.
As the coronavirus crisis worsened, efforts to book an earlier return flight were unsuccessful as commercial airlines began limiting flights out of India, and other countries began shutting their borders.
Rescheduling a flight was made even more difficult, she says, when officials closed the Delhi airport on March 22.
On Tuesday, Basi learned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a strict 21-day lockdown in the country of 1.3 billion people.
“We just keep running into roadblock after roadblock after roadblock, and we are scared to death,” she said.
Basi says her 75-year-old father, who moved to Canada when he was 17 years old, has grown increasingly worried about the outbreak in India and his prospects of returning home.
Many Indo-Canadians visit India this time of year when the weather is cooler, she adds.
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Harjip Mander, his wife, and three kids are also stuck in India.
The Surrey family has the option of flying home on April 6, but that date may be up in the air due to the lockdown.
“We don’t know if that includes flights,” Mander told Global News.