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Above 60,000 Afghans return homeland in 3 days

Above 60,000 Afghans return homeland in 3 days

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Apr 08, 2020 - 20:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): After Pakistaninfo-icon reopened border crossings with Afghanistaninfo-icon, more than 60,000 Afghans returned to their homeland in past three days, sources said Wednesday.

A source said 13,000 individuals arrived in the country via Torkham crossing point, 36,000 via Spin Boldak, 8,000 via Islam Qala and 3,000 passengers to Nimroz province within the past three days.

The source said most of the passengers have been tested by healthcare officials for coronavirus.

On March 2, Pakistan  closed the Chaman-Spin Boldak and Torkham Friendship Gates over fears of Coronavirus outbreak.

Afghanistan’s coronavirus tally has risen to 444 with the emergence of 21 new cases in various parts of the country, particularly in capital Kabul.

Dr. Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), told Pajhwok Afghan News the new cases were registered in Kabul, Ghazni, Baghlan, Logar, MaidanWardak, Helmand and Takhar provinces.

On 4th of this month, the Pakistan  mission in Kabul said the Torkham and Chaman land crossings will be reopened from 6th April to 9th April 2020 to facilitate the exit of Afghan nationals from Pakistan.

At a special request of the Government of Afghanistan and based on humanitarian considerations, Pakistan decided to allow the exit of Afghan nationals, wishing them to go back to their country, the Pakistani embassy officials had said.

Attaullah Khogyani, Nangarhar governor spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that around 15,000 individuals crossed the Torkham gate into the country in the past three days.

He said, “The Jalalabad mayor has tasked all government personnel in districts to take care of recently returning people from Pakistan and if symptoms of coronavirus are seen in a person and inform healthinfo-icon authorities.”

He said on day first (Monday) nearly 1,000 passengers crossed the Torkham gate and entered the country, on day two (Tuesday) around 10,000 and today (Wednesday) about 2,000 people arrived.

He said 800 people were checked on the first day and no suspected case was found but on Tuesday around 10,000 people entered the country without their checkup.

A statement from southern Kandahar governor’s office  said around 9,000 people entered the country via Spin Boldak gate on Monday.

The statement said only 1,000 individuals entered the country by passports and the rest without passports.

It said the passengers were allowed entry after being checked by a 50- member MoPH team.

The statement said all returning passengers had been told to stay home for 14 days in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

A woman among the returnees coming via Spin Boldak gate was suspected for coronavirus and she was currently under treatment at Aino Mena hospital.

Mohammad Sharif Gharzai, border security forces commissar in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar, told Pajhwok that 36,496 passengers returned from Pakistan within the past three days.

He said on day first (Monday) 9,198 people and on day second Tuesday 10,109 individuals and today Wednesday 17,189 people returned to the country.

Local officials in Kandahar told Pajhwok that all returnees from Pakistan were screened by healthcare officials and only two were suspected.

He said the two suspects had firstly come from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan and later entered the country via Chaman gate but currently they were in hospital.

Mohammad SidiqBaloch, an official at the refugee and reparation department in Nimroz province, told Pajhwok that 2750 individuals returned to the country from Iran within the past three days.

Herat refugee and reparation department head Javid Nadeem told Pajhwok 8,373 people returned via Islam Qala port since Saturday.

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