Prime minister Imran Khan’s Special Assistant on National Security Moeed Yusuf said on Monday that the expatriates will be tested for coronavirus immediately after returning back to country.
He was addressing media in Islamabad. Moeed Yusuf said that up till now at least 20,000 Pakistanis have been brought back home from around the world.”20,000 people have been repatriated, and about 120,000 people still want to return,” Yusuf said.
Regarding the returnees that test positive for the virus, Yusuf said: “Those who test positive and provincial governments feel that they can be isolated at home, will be allowed to go. “Those who cannot be isolated at home, will be provided government quarantine facilities,” he said.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National security Moeed Yusuf said that the prime minister wants a higher number Pakistanis to return home. “We will try to do everything to bring our people back. We currently are trying to bring back 10,000 Pakistanis, most whom will be from Middle Eastern countries.”
Regarding the talk of people testing positive after returning, Yusuf said: “We have agreed with Middle Eastern countries that all passengers will be tested before boarding and social distancing will be observed in flights.” He said that all passengers will be tested again in Pakistan as well. “However, if you don’t follow the rules and try to avoid being quarantined and tested. It would affect your families, the Pakistani nation and Pakistanis stranded abroad, because if the percentage of infected passengers grows, we won’t be able to bring anyone back.”