Passengers returning to Pakistan can go home within 24 hours now

By: News Desk      Published: 01:17 PM, 11 May, 2020
Passengers returning to Pakistan can go home within 24 hours now

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security Dr Moeed Yusuf Monday announced that federal government in consultation with all provincial governments decided to end two-day mandatory wait period for passengers for their test results on coming back to the country.

From now onwards, all the test results would come back within 24 hours and this would put burden on the test laboratories, he said.

Yusuf was addressing a press conference in Islamabad. Yusuf said the prime minister wants to facilitate maximum Pakistanis who wants to return home.

“From today till 21 May, 10710 passengers from 22 countries and 90 to 95 per cent Pakistanis would be from Middle Eastern countries,” he added.

He said the government will make functional the Sialkot Airport this week. Yusuf said:"20,000 people have been repatriated, and about 110,000 people still want to return."

It has been decided that those who test positive and provincial governments feel that those passengers can be self-isolated at home, will be allowed to go.

“Otherwise those who cannot be isolated at home will be provided government quarantine facilities.”