- Title: Pakistani pilgrims in India tested for COVID-19 before returning home
- Date: 4th September 2021
- Summary: AMRITSAR, PUNJAB, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 04, 2021) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) VARIOUS OF PEOPLE AT LODGING FACILITY VARIOUS OF PEOPLE SHOWING THEIR DOCUMENTS FOR TESTING HEALTH WORKER COLLECTING NASAL SWAB PAKISTANI CITIZENS SEATED HEALTH WORKER COLLECTING SWAB SAMPLE (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) MEDICO DOING COVID-19 TESTS FOR PAKISTANI PILGRIMS, DR. SHIV DEEP KAUR, SAYING: "These are Pakistani nationals who were stuck here because of coronavirus and related restrictions. They are going back home now so we are doing RT-PCR test for them. They will be given their reports on priority so that they can go back to their homes without any problem. There are around 89 of them in the groups of 77 and 12." VARIOUS OF HEALTH WORKER COLLECTING SWAB SAMPLES (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) PAKISTANI PILGRIM, KEVAL RAM, SAYING: "I got stuck here because of lockdown since last year. I had asked for a visa for three months but were only given for 25 days. When I went to get the ticket after three months, I was told my visa had expired and then lockdown happened so I was stuck here. Now Punjab government has helped me a lot. I am getting tested here for coronavirus and then we will be able to go back home." VARIOUS OF HEALTH WORKER COLLECTING SWAB SAMPLES PEOPLE AT LODGING FACILITY
- Embargoed: 18th September 2021 11:11
- Keywords: Amritsar COVID-19 India Pakistan RTPCR border coronavirus lockdown pilgrims stranded test
- Location: AMRITSAR, PUNJAB, INDIA
- City: AMRITSAR, PUNJAB, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Government/Politics
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- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Pakistani Hindu pilgrims who came to India last year to visit holy places but got stranded due to coronavirus-related restrictions, were tested for the virus on Saturday (September 04) before heading back home.
About 88 Pakistani citizens will leave for home on Sunday (September 05), before which the authorities collected their swab samples for an RT-PCR test to detect coronavirus.
India reported 42,618 new COVID-19 infections and 330 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 32.9 million and 440,225 deaths, the health ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
India has extended a ban on international commercial passenger flights to and from India till September 30, barring exceptions mentioned by the federal government.
International travel was heavily restricted last year amid other curbs to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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