All 78 evacuees from Afghanistan test negative for coronavirus
New Delhi : The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has issued a clarification on Wednesday that none of the 78 evacuees from Afghanistan, who were shifted to its Chhawla base camp for 14-day mandatory quarantine, tested positive for coronavirus.
The clarification was issued hours after media reports claimed that 16 of the 78 evacuees from Afghanistan tested positive for coronavirus. The reports also suggested that among the 16 COVID positive people were the three Afghan Sikhs who had carried the Swaroops of Guru Granth Sahib from Kabul and were received by Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri at the Delhi airport.
The media reports claimed that all of them were asymptomatic patients and Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri also came into their contact. ITBP took to Twitter and wrote, “There are no (no) Covid-19 positive cases out of 78 persons (Who came from #Afghanistan last night) who are presently under institutional quarantine at ITBP Quarantine Facility at Chhawla Camp, New Delhi.”
The evacuees had landed in Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport on Monday night in an Indian Air Force flight. All of them were shifted for 14-day mandatory quarantine at the force’s centre in Chhawla in southwest.
Amid the ongoing evacuation operations from Afghanistan, the government on Tuesday announced that all those coming from the war-torn nation will have to undergo 14-day quarantine at the ITBP centre in Chhawla.