Coronavirus: 14 Kashmiris’ Studying In Pakistan In Isolation at Amritsar

SRINAGAR: Authorities have isolated 43 Indians’ travelling home from Pakistan and put them in isolation at Amritsar, The Hindustan Times reported. They have been driven to a drug rehabilitation centre where they will be screened.

Kashmiri students at Attari on the Pakistani side, before they were permitted to enter India. This is a screengrab from a TV news report.

Those isolated include 29 crew members of a broadcasting team who had gone to cover the Pakistan Super League and 14 Kashmiri students who were told to return home after the neighbouring country closed its educational institutions due to the virus outbreak.

They entered India early Thursday at Attari.

“The group was handed over to us on Thursday morning,” Amritsar civil surgeon Dr Prabhdeep Kaur Johal was quoted saying. “After conducting their medical checkup, they have been isolated for the next 24 hours. They will be tested again and their reports will be sent to the higher authorities. The decision of their release will be taken by the state government on Friday. Till now, all of them have been asymptomatic.”

Pakistan has reported two death as 454 have tested positive for the Coronavirus. Islamabad has closed all the educational institutions to prevent the spread of the virus and asked Kashmiri students to go home for the time being.

Before they were permitted in India, there was a lot of drama at Attari. The students were exited from Pakistan and the Indian immigration officials delayed their permission to enter by at least a day. After their families and the media reported the case to the authorities, they were finally permitted in.


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