ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s capital administration has developed three centres to isolate expatriates arriving in the country who test positive for Covid-19.

Babar Sahib Din, Additional Deputy Commissioner Islamabad (East), informed Dawn that three quarantine facilities had been set up, one at the OGDCL building, one at the Marriott, and one at the Redison hotels. The isolation facility is accessible at the OGDCL and is available at Marriott and Redison for a subsidized Rs3 000 to Rs 9,000 per day.

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The expatriate has the option of using the government’s free service or staying at one of the two hotels, he said, adding that the Margalla Hotel and a guest house at F-7 had been chosen as backup facilities and would be used if necessary.

According to the official, the centres were established in response to government directives regarding the revised international air policy.

He said that upon arrival at the Islamabad International Airport, all expatriates would be subjected to quick checks, and those who were found to be infectious would be transferred to their preferred quarantine centre.

“The number of expatriates returning to Pakistan for Eid celebrations is increasing, and the centres have been developed with this in mind,” Mr Babar said.

Infected patients will be transferred to OGDCL, Marriott, and Redison hotels’ treatment centres. The duration of isolation would be ten days. He said that another test would be conducted on the eighth day, and those who would test negative would be allowed to go home.

Air traffic has already been reduced to 20 per cent, but about 2,000 expatriates arrive in the capital from different countries daily, Mr Babar said. He said countries were categorized in A, B and C, according to the number of Covid-19 cases there.

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