After failed to practice social distancing, as many as 28 pilgrims have reportedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) at the Sukkur quarantine on Sunday.
Dr. Tasleem Akhter—the medical superintendent said that all these pilgrims had previously tested negative. “But they avoid social distancing and keep meeting their friends who had contracted the novel coronavirus and did not isolate themselves,” he said.
The authorities have quarantined the new people who were infected for five days. “They will be tested twice after a week and sent home if their results are negative,” Akhter added.
This is the “carelessness of the pilgrims,” the Sindh Transport Minister Awais Shah said. He said that the management of the quarantine center is responsible but he these pilgrims have violated the rules of the social distancing.
It is pertinent to mention here that all the pilgrims who have recently returned from Iran are being kept at the quarantine center established in the Labour Colony in Sukkur. Pakistan has reported more than 1,500 cases of the novel coronavirus so far. The number of deaths reported across the country due to the deadly virus has reached 17.