24 Covid positive passengers flee Police Hospital

Passengers reached Peshawar from Sharjah via private airlines and tested positive


DNA May 11, 2021
All of the passengers who tested positive flew into Hong Kong on a flight run by Indian operator Vistara on April 4. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR:

In a shocking incident, 24 passengers who were kept in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 have mysteriously gone missing from the Peshawar Police Hospital.

According to sources familiar with the matter, the passengers reached Peshawar from Sharjah via private airlines and tested positive for the novel coronavirus. They were kept in a quarantine facility at the Peshawar Police hospital as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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Reportedly, the staff of the hospital allowed all the Covid positive passengers to leave the hospital. After receiving information on the matter, the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) directed the hospital administration to bring back the positive patients at the hospital immediately.

“Acting on the directions, 21 passengers were brought back to the hospital while the search for three others is underway,” said MS Peshawar Police hospital Dr Niaz Muhammad.

Last year, as many as 16 suspected patients of Covid-19 fled from a quarantine facility in New Saeedabad, confirmed Deputy Commissioner Ghulam Hyder.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 11th, 2021.

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