200 Sikh pilgrims test positive on return from Pak

Wednesday 28th April 2021 07:16 EDT

Two hundred Sikh pilgrims from among 800 who went to Pakistan to celebrate Baisakhi have tested positive for coronavirus on their return, officials said. The devotees had gone to Lahore's Gurdwara Panja Sahib on the last day of Baisakhi. Officials said 200 of them have tested positive after they took a rapid antigen test. Now, some of them who have returned to Amritsar will be tested using the RT-PCR method, officials have said. The Pakistani High Commission in Delhi had issued visas to over 1,100 Sikh pilgrims for Baisakhi travel. Punjab has some 38,000 active Covid cases, according to government data. The state was among the first including Maharashtra and Gujarat that started reporting a surge in Covid cases in recent weeks, before the crisis went nationwide in what is now being called a deadlier second wave.

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