New Delhi, April 8 -- : In order to protect Indian citizens from the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, a total of 1,036 Indian nationals post-testing for COVID-19 at Iran, were evacuated in five batches to India, a defence spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Three batches were brought to Jaisalmer and two to Jodhpur.

"Upon arrival, they were quarantined for 14 days as per ICMR protocol at the Army Wellness Facilities at Jaisalmer and Jodhpur which were created by vacating living barracks of the troops," said Sombit Ghosh, PRO Defence, Rajasthan.

On completion of the quarantine period, the evacuees were tested for the first time in India at AlIMS, Jodhpur, wherein out of the 236 evacuees of the first batch, 15 asymptomatic persons tested positive ...