Tribune News Service
Amritsar, April 22
Around 100 Indian pilgrims who went to Pakistan to celebrate Baisakhi have examined Covid positive.
This was revealed on their arrival on the Attari-Wagah Joint Check Post after they underwent the necessary speedy antigen test (RAT) for Covid. The testing continues to be on as they approached this aspect of the border after clearing immigration and customs formalities.
Amarjit Singh, assistant civil surgeon, stated 98 pilgrims examined Covid positive after RAT was carried out. “We have been conducting RAT, the results of which is available in 15-20 minutes. Till now, round 300 pilgrims have been examined. Only these who cleared the test had been allowed to go away, whereas those with positive stories had been put below remark. It is but to be determined whether or not they need to be admitted to the Covid isolation wards or home-quarantined.”
On April 12, 815 Sikh pilgrims had gone to Pakistan to commemorate the event. They all had been examined for Covid right here and the SGPC had carried out a particular two-day camp on its premises because it was necessary to have a Covid unfavourable report procured 72 hours earlier than departure to one other nation.
They had been granted a 10- day visa by the Pakistan High Commission and had been allowed to go to numerous Sikh shrines apart from attending the principle occasion held at Gurdwara Panja Sahib at Hasan Abdal on April 14.
They additionally visited Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, Kartarpur, on April 19 and took out a nagar kirtan from Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Narowal district in Pakistan to the Zero Line sharing the border of Dera Baba Nanak on the Indian Side.
Though the Pakistan authorities had made it necessary to observe the usual operative process (SOP) set for Covid through the pilgrimage and the National Command Operation Centre of Pakistan had categorically directed the native Pakistan Sikh households to keep away from their presence through the event, sources stated the instructions had been flouted.
Also, the Indian pilgrims had been informed not to go away the shrine premises that had been on the itinerary, but many had been noticed doing procuring on the streets of Lahore.