Twenty-two of the 76 Haryana natives expelled from the United States have tested positive for coronavirus infection, Health Minister Anil Vij said on Saturday.
Seventy-six Haryana people were part of a group of more than 160 Indians who arrived in Amritsar, Punjab on a special charter flight earlier this week.
“Twenty-two of these 76 people were found to have COVID-19,” Vij told reporters.
After being deported from the United States and arriving in India earlier this week, Mr. Vij said that all would undergo COVID-19 tests before being quarantined in their home district.
Most of the deported Indians had entered the United States from their southern border with Mexico and had exhausted all legal options to remain in the United States.
They were arrested by US immigration and customs detectives while trying to enter America illegally.
The 76 Haryana natives were then taken to Panchkula where they underwent COVID-19 and other medical tests.
While those found negative for COVID will be quarantined in their home district, the 22 COVID-19 patients will be treated at a dedicated Panchkula hospital.