At the Sukkur quarantine on Sunday, a total of 28 more pilgrims tested positive for the novel coronavirus after they failed implementing social distancing as told.
According to medical superintendent Dr Tasleem Akhter, all these people had previously tested negative. “But they kept meeting their friends who had contracted the virus and did not isolate themselves,” he said.
The newly infected people were quarantined for 5 days.
“They will be tested twice after a week and sent home if their results are negative,” Akhter added.
Sindh Transport Minister Awais Shah called it the “carelessness of the pilgrims.” The management of the centre is responsible but these people violated the rules of social distancing,” he said.
All the pilgrims recently arrived from Iran are being held at the Sukkur Labor Colony’s quarantine centre. Until now, Pakistan has reported over 1,500 cases of the virus. Seventeen fatalities occurred throughout the country.