Plan to remove virus test condition for Pakistanis returning home from abroad

By: News Desk      Published: 11:39 PM, 19 Mar, 2020
Plan to remove virus test condition for Pakistanis returning home from abroad
People coming from abroad are being scanned at Islamabad airport.–File photo

The government has decided to do away with the condition of coronavirus test for people coming to Pakistan from abroad.

According to the sources, the decision was taken at a meeting of the National Coordination Committee and the recommendation in this regard was sent to the prime minister for approval. The prime minister is likely to approve the recommendation on Friday.

Sources said the decision has been taken keeping in view the difficulties being faced by Pakistani students and tourists who are currently out of the country and want to return home amid the global coronavirus pandemic. It was decided at the meeting that suspected coronavirus patients would be shifted directly from airports to quarantine centres. The government will acquire hotels in seven big cities of the country and turn them into quarantine centres. Suspected coronavirus patients will be kept in rooms having attached bathrooms. Quarantine centres would be set up in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Multan and Sialkot because all these cities have international airports.