The Indian High Commission in Islamabad on Monday clarified that an official’s spouse, who was reported by the Pakistani media to have been tested constructive for the coronavirus, has tested “adverse” for COVID on RT-PCR performed on arrival Islamabad and in Lahore.
IMAGE: Indian High Commission in Islamabad. Photograph: Kind courtesy @IndiainPak/Facebook
“In response to media reviews that the spouse of an official of the Indian High Commission tested + for Covid on RAT, it’s clarified that mentioned particular person has tested NEGATIVE for Covid on RT-PCR, performed on arrival in Islamabad. RT-PCR in Lahore, as per reviews, was additionally NEGATIVE,” the Indian High Commission tweeted.
Earlier, Pakistan requested 12 officers of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to quarantine, together with their relations and drivers, after one of them reportedly tested constructive for the coronavirus since their arrival from India final week, the Foreign Office mentioned.
A bunch of 12 officers and their relations crossed over to Pakistan by the Wagah Border on May 22, Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri mentioned on Sunday.
All 12 passengers carried adverse Polymerase Chain Reaction COVID-19 reviews however they had been re-tested in step with the laid down COVID-19 security protocols in Pakistan.
“The spouse of an official tested constructive on a fast antigen take a look at performed by Pakistani well being officers,” the spokesperson mentioned.
Pakistan’s prime physique on the pandemic, National Command and Control Centre, reviewed the case and suggested all 12 officers, their relations and drivers to endure the obligatory quarantine.
“The Indian High Commission has been suggested to strictly comply with the rules offered by the NCOC,” the official mentioned.
The Express Tribune newspaper quoted diplomatic sources as saying that as per the usual working procedures agreed between the 2 international locations, if a member of the diplomatic workers or their associates tested constructive for COVID-19, they are going to be quarantined in the identical nation as an alternative of being despatched again.
“Pakistani authorities have acted in accordance with the legislation,” they added.
The coronavirus has to date killed 20,308 folks in Pakistan, together with 903,599 confirmed COVID-19 circumstances, in line with official information launched on Monday.