Prime Minister Imran Khan’s National Security Special Assistant Moeed Yusuf said on Monday that the expatriates would be screened for coronavirus immediately after returning home.
He was in Islamabad addressing media. Moeed Yusuf said that so far at least 20,000 Pakistanis have been brought home from all over the world.
”20,000 people have been repatriated, and about 120,000 people still want to return,” Yusuf said.
In regards to those who returned positive for coronavirus, he 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.
Prime Minister ‘s Special Assistant on National Security Moeed Yusuf said the prime minister needs a higher number of 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.”
He further 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.”