2 of 146 evacuees from Kabul who landed in Delhi tests positive for COVID-19

Two people who landed in Delhi on Monday after being evacuated from Afghanistan’s capital Kabul were positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19), news agency ANI reported.

India on Monday brought back 146 of its nationals in four different flights from Qatar’s capital Doha, days after they were evacuated from Afghanistan by NATO and American aircraft because of the deteriorating security situation in the war-torn country.

Two people who landed in Delhi on Monday after being evacuated from Afghanistan’s capital Kabul were positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19), news agency ANI reported.

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Nearly 400 people, including two Afghan lawmakers and two Nepalese nationals, were brought to India in three independent flights on Sunday.

Sub-divisional magistrate Rajendra Kumar told the news agency that the two passengers have been sent to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital.

Sub-divisional magistrate Rajendra Kumar told the news agency that the two passengers have been sent to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital. The infected passengers are among the second batch of 146 Indian nationals who landed in Delhi from Qatar’s capital Doha on Monday. They were evacuated to the middle-eastern country from the war-torn Kabul earlier.

“Bringing Indians back from Afghanistan. The 2nd batch of 146 Indian nationals, who were evacuated from Afghanistan to Doha, are being repatriated today to India. Thank everyone involved for their support,” the Embassy of India in Qatar tweeted on Sunday.

India on Sunday brought back 392 people including two Afghan lawmakers in three different flights under the evacuation mission amid a continued scramble by various countries to rescue their citizens from Kabul. The total number of people evacuees included the first batch of 135 Indians who were flown back from Doha. It is learned that the Indians evacuated to Doha from Kabul were employees of several foreign companies that were operating in Afghanistan and they were flown out of Kabul by NATO and American aircraft.

The second aircraft evacuated around 150 people including Indian diplomats, officials, security personnel, and some stranded Indians from Kabul on August 17. The Taliban swept across Afghanistan this month, seizing control of almost all key towns and cities, including Kabul, in the backdrop of the withdrawal of the US forces.