Amid an alarming rise in daily Covid-19 infections in Maharashtra, including cases of the Omicron variant, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mumbai’s civic body, on Tuesday announced new guidelines for International passengers arriving at the city’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA).
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“Please note the latest protocol, for those arriving at Mumbai International Airport from overseas,” tweeted Kiran Dighavkar, deputy municipal commissioner at BMC.
In accordance with the updated guidelines, persons arriving from abroad will, upon arrival, undergo a rapid RT-PCR test. If it is positive, the traveler should have a routine RT-PCR test; however, if the rapid RT-PCR is negative, the passenger will be allowed to leave but must self-quarantine at home for a week.
People found positive and also showing symptoms of Covid-19 will be admitted to Seven Hills Hospital (free of charge), according to the notice. Among those patients, those who wish to be taken to a private facility will be sent to Bombay Hospital or Breach Candy Hospital, he added.
For asymptomatic passengers the options are BKC / Kanjur Jumbo Center (free) or, if they want to pay, a private hotel of their choice from those mentioned in the notice.
The cumulative tally of Covid-19 infections in Maharashtra on Tuesday saw a huge peak, increasing from 18,466 to 6,730,494, according to a bulletin from the Department of Health. Up to 20 additional deaths brought the toll to 141,573. Among new patients and deaths, Mumbai’s contribution was 10,606 and two, respectively.
Meanwhile, the total number of Omicron infections in the western state rose to 653, with an additional 75 patients detected. Mumbai recorded 40 new infections. A total of 259 people have recovered after contracting the strain, leaving its active cases at 578.