Among 78 Afghan evacuees to India on Tuesday, 16 test Covid-19 positive

Among 78 Afghan evacuees to India on Tuesday, 16 test Covid-19 positive

On Monday, two persons out of the 146 passengers landing in Delhi from Afghanistan were found positive for COVID-19.

As many as 16 of 78 evacuees from Afghanistan to India on Tuesday, were found to test positive for Covid-19. Of these, three are Granthis who brought back the Guru Granth Sahib from the war-torn nation after the dramatic takeover by Taliban.

An official with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) said 81 people who arrived from Afghanistan on Monday and Tuesday, have been sent to the ITBP's quarantine facility at Chhawla in south-west Delhi.

"Any person testing positive or detected as symptomatic shall be shifted to dedicated Covid Care Centre or Covid hospital of NCT of Delhi," the memorandum read.

Among 78 Afghan evacuees to India on Tuesday, 16 test Covid-19 positive
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The Union Health Ministry had on Monday issued a memorandum stating that people arriving from Afghanistan will have to mandatorily undergo a minimum 14-day institutional quarantine at the ITBP facility.

"Any person testing positive or detected as symptomatic shall be shifted to dedicated Covid Care Centre or Covid hospital of NCT of Delhi," the memorandum read.

"Some people have tested positive for the infection. However, there is no clarity on their count," said Puneet Singh Chandhok, president of the Indian World Forum that is coordinating evacuation efforts with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Air Force.

On Monday, two persons out of the 146 passengers landing in Delhi from Afghanistan were found positive for COVID-19.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has said that the Indian government is committed to the safe return of all Indian nationals from Afghanistan.

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