Health officials try to trace hundreds of NRIs who came from abroad receantly

Story By: Indre Varnelyte
Friday, March, 27 2020 - 17:20

An estimated 97,000 people have arrived in Punjab since early January, with more than 30,000 asked to self-quarantine, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said in a press statement Tuesday.

Health officials are trying to trace 144 people who landed in Punjab in the past months but allegedly gave the wrong addresses at airports.

Even though all these people were thermally screened at the airports where they landed, it is not enough to identify a positive patient, as a patient can remain asymptomatic through the entire period of carrying the virus.

As per reports of the 97,000 people, only eight were reported symptomatic.

Punjab's first corona virus victim a 70-year old priest who died on March 18 was asymptomatic. Baldev Singh was India’s fourth COVID casualty, was confirmed to have infected at least fifteen others after he returned from Germany via Italy, according to the state and district health authorities.

Last week, the Punjab government made it mandatory for people who have arrived in the state over the past one month to self-report to health officials.


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