COVID-19: Govt ‘monitoring state of affairs’ after 30 Pakistanis check constructive in Hong Kong


Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Security Moeed Yusuf acknowledged on Thursday that the federal government is wanting into the considerations expressed by nations concerning some Pakistani passengers testing constructive for coronavirus.

The response from the Pakistani authorities got here after the Hong Kong Health Department reported that the virus has been detected in 30 Pakistanis who arrived within the area earlier this week through Emirates airline.

“There have been some considerations about passengers who travelled from Pakistan in the previous couple of days and examined constructive for COVID-19 after they go to a different nation,” stated Yusuf whereas briefing the media on Thursday.

“Pakistan as a responsible and mature state is looking into this issue,” stated SAPM Yusuf, including, “the country would take all the necessary steps in this regard.”

He reminded everybody that Pakistan itself had confronted quite a lot of difficulties when the individuals have been coming again to the nation within the final three months.

“The example is in front of you that with all the difficulties we carried out testing and quarantined them [passengers],” stated SAPM Yusuf. He added that the officers have been “aware of the situation” and “monitoring” it.

The SAPM clarified that due to this case the federal government from June 27 will begin the screening strategy of “outbound passengers” as properly. He added that full strict screenings will likely be finished however clarified that checks of the passengers won’t be finished and solely fever and different signs will likely be checked.

SAPM Yusuf additionally informed the media that such a choice was not taken by the federal government “out of pressure”. He added that such a coverage and plan was there for a very long time and its implementation was determined already.

Passengers ought to fulfil coverage necessities

The SAPM within the press convention additionally urged the outbound passengers that they need to have a look at the coverage concerning travel situations earlier than boarding the aircraft.

Yusuf informed the reporters that some western and different nations as a consequence of a lower within the unfold of pandemic have put sure restrictions on the passengers.

“If you are positive then it would become a diplomatic issue for Pakistan.”

Policy for outbound passengers

The SAPM, whereas unveiling the outbound coverage of the passengers, stated that they are going to undergo the identical screening as these coming to the nation.

“Any passenger suspected of coronavirus will not be allowed to board the plane,” stated Yusuf. He requested all of the passengers who’ve booked their tickets and are exhibiting any signs or been round a corona affected person to not head to the airport and get themselves examined.

“Our health professionals have been authorised to advise people from not entering the plane if they feel that the passenger is not well,” stated SAPM Yusuf.