16 Afghan evacuees test positive for Covid-19

New Delhi: As many as 16 people out of all the people, who landed in Delhi on Tuesday, tested positive for Covid-19 including the three Afghan Sikhs who carried the swaroops of Guru Granth Sahib with Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. All of them have been kept in institutional quarantine, said reports.

As per a report of NDTV, all 78 have been quarantined in view of a precautionary measure. All the Covid positives are said to be asymptomatic, added reports.

A total of 626 people, including 228 Indian citizens, have been evacuated from Afghanistan till now, among whom 77 were Afghan Sikhs, informed Minister Puri.

Delhi began the evacuation mission, named ‘Operation Devi Shakti’, by airlifting 40 Indians from Kabul to Delhi on August 16, a day after the Taliban seized control of the Afghan capital city.

Earlier on Tuesday, 78 people including 25 Indians were evacuated today. All of them are being brought to New Delhi from Tajikistan’s Dushanbe via a special Air India flight. Prior to that they were flown out of Kabul to Dushanbe by an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft.

However, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) denied to the reports any Covid positive among the 78 people who are presently under institutional quarantine at ITBP quarantine facility at Chhawla Camp in Delhi.

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