Only 6 per cent of the cases are from passengers returning from abroad: Zulfi Bukhari

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari has revealed that only six per cent of the coronavirus cases are from the passengers coming from abroad.

Zulfi Bukhari took to social media to respond to allegations made by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Sherry Rehman accusing the government of allowing passengers to enter the country and going to homes without any screening.

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“Wrong! Only 6% of cases are from passengers coming from outside,” he tweeted.

Furthermore, Zulfi Bukhari stressed upon the fact that overseas Pakistanis have been facing severe adversities due to coronavirus crisis, and its resulting lockdown restrictions, travel ban and economic repercussions as companies have resorted to massive layoffs due to their inability to provide salaries and stipends.

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He warned PPP of abstaining from petty political point scoring amid virus crisis, and reaffirmed that passengers returning from abroad are being duly tested and screened as per the basic healthcare preventive guidelines recommended by the government.  

It is to be noted that federal government had earlier announced to further ease the travel restrictions allowing passengers arriving from abroad to return to their homes without any quarantine/isolation period.