40,000 Pakistanis to be repatriated weekly: Yousuf

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By Asghar Ali Mubarak

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister Moeed Yusuf said on Wednesday that from June 20, around 45,000 international passengers will be brought back each week, adding that the corona tests of all the passengers returning to Pakistan will be conducted. The SAPM on national security said that as promised by Prime Minister Imran Khan, the government has made the arrangements for the overseas Pakistanis awaiting repatriation.
“Starting from 20th June, we would be bringing approx. 45,000 international passengers per week,” he said. He said that since the reopening of the Pakistani airspace from April 3, more than 75,000 people have repatriated. “Symptomatic passengers will be tested and quarantined until test results; with [the] option of paid/government quarantine facilities as earlier. Positive cases will be handled as per health protocols, and negative cases will be sent home and tracked and traced by provinces accordingly,” he said.
The new protocol: Only symptomatic passengers will be tested. All others will go home but THEY MUST OBSERVE STRICT 14 DAY HOME QUARANTINE. Province will track and trace them through their established systems.
Symptomatic passengers will be tested and quarantined until test results; with option of paid/government quarantine facilities as earlier. Positive cases will be handled as per health protocols, and negative cases will be sent home and tracked and traced by provinces accordingly.