Some Evacuees from Afghanistan Have Tested Positive for Covid-19: Centre

2021-08-26 19:08:27

Some of those evacuated from Afghanistan have tested positive for COVID-19 and they have been isolated and are being treated, the government said on Thursday. Responding to a question at a press conference, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said, “Whoever lands (in India) they are given anti-polio vaccine because wild polio is still prevalent in Afghanistan and Pakistan. We have also made arrangement that all of their RT-PCR tests are done and some of them have tested positive.”

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Compulsory 14-day Covid-19 Quarantine for Afghan Evacuees at ITBP Camp in Delhi: Centre

People who were stranded in crisis-hit Afghanistan arrive by a special repatriation flight of IAF at the Hindan Air Force Station, in Ghaziabad, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. (PTI Photo/Arun Sharma)

People who were stranded in crisis-hit Afghanistan arrive by a special repatriation flight of IAF at the Hindan Air Force Station, in Ghaziabad, Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. (PTI Photo/Arun Sharma)

The ministry said the Centre is undertaking emergency evacuation of people from Afghanistan to India and considering the nature of crisis, it has already allowed exemption from mandatory preboarding RT-PCTR testing.

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The Union health ministry has issued

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