105 people repatriated from the United Arab Emirates to Pakistan test positive at Covid-19

ISLAMABAD: At least 105 Pakistanis who were transferred to Islamabad from the United Arab Emirates They tested positive for the novel on a repatriation flight, a senior official confirmed.

The 105 passengers were among the 209 citizens who were brought home on an Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi on April 28, according to the government portal COVID-19.

Those who tested positive were transferred to the Rawalpindi Institute of Urology (RIU), while another 79 people who tested negative were allowed to go home with instructions to isolate themselves, retired Rawalpindi Deputy Commissioner Capt, told Dawn News. Monday.

He said the tests of 27 passengers were being done again to verify their status.

The government has been conducting a repatriation operation through (PIA) and other airlines to bring the stranded Pakistanis home.

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The development comes days after 190 passengers who were brought to Karachi via special flights from Dubai, Sharjah and Colombo tested positive for the virus.

Of the 190, 92 belonged to Sindh, 56 to Punjab, 24 to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 18 to Balochistan, according to Sindh's chief minister.

A Dawn report said last week that a total of 259 passengers who were among the 3,554 Pakistanis who returned to Punjab on 22 special flights from various countries in the past two weeks tested positive for the coronavirus.

More than 760 passengers, who returned from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, New York and Colombo on April 28 and 29, were quarantined to complete their incubation period before undergoing the testing process.

As of Tuesday morning, there were 21,044 cases of COVID-19 in Pakistan, with 476 deaths.