New Delhi: Two passengers out of the 146 evacuated from Afghanistan on Monday tested positive for Covid-19 after landing in Delhi. “Two people coming from Afghanistan have been found COVID positive. They have been sent to LNJP (Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan) Hospital,” Rajendra Kumar, Sub Divisional Magistrate told news agency ANI. The infected were among the second batch of 146 Indian nationals evacuated in four different flights via Qatar’s capital Doha.Also Read - It Was a Mistake: Top US Military Commander on Kabul Drone Strike That Killed 10 Civilians
These passengers were evacuated from Afghanistan by NATO and American aircraft in view of the deteriorating security situation in the war-torn country. Out of the second batch of Indian evacuees, 104 people were brought back in a Vistara flight, 30 by a Qatar Airways flight and 11 of them returned by an Indigo flight, while one person returned by an Air India flight. Also Read - Gujarat Lockdown: Ahmedabad Bans Unvaccinated People From Using Public Transport From Sept 20
India on Sunday brought back 392 people including two Afghan lawmakers and two Nepalese nationals in three different flights under the evacuation mission amid a continued scramble by various countries to rescue their citizens from Kabul. Also Read - International Flights: UK Relaxes Travel Restrictions For Fully Vaccinated Indians From Oct 4
Prior to that, the Indian government evacuated 200 people, including the Indian envoy and other staffers of its embassy in the Afghan capital. The first evacuation flight brought back over 40 people, mostly staffers at the Indian embassy, on August 16. 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.