5 more international passengers test positive
Five more Covid-19 cases, including two senior citizens, have been detected by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) among passengers with international travel history, and their samples have now been sent for genome sequencing to determine if they are positive for the Omicron variant. This takes the total number of suspected cases of Omicron in Mumbai to 10, as four other international passengers had tested positive on Wednesday, and one contact of a Covid positive passenger had also tested positive on Wednesday.
In a statement on Thursday, BMC said samples of all patients have been sent for genome sequencing, and the patients have been shifted to hospitals. Contact tracing of travellers is going on.
Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner in charge of the civic public health department said, “The results of genome sequencing are expected to come either by Sunday or Monday.”
Among the five passengers who tested positive on Thursday, is a 66-year-old male who arrived from London on November 17, a 69-year-old male who arrived from Portugal on November 25, a 34-year-old male who arrived from London on November 13, 45-year-old male who also arrived from London on December 2, and a 38-year-old male who arrived from Germany on December 2.
In addition to the above, on Wednesday, BMC had reported four cases, including a 21-year-old male who arrived from London on November 10, a 47-year-old male who arrived from Mauritius on November 25, a 39-year-old male who arrived from South Africa on November 25, and a 25-year-old male who arrived from London on December 1 (Wednesday), who was detected positive in a rapid antigen test. In addition to these, BMC’s contact tracing efforts had on Wednesday itself revealed that a 36-year-old woman, high-risk contact of a traveller from South Africa, was also found positive on Wednesday. She has been shifted to SevenHills Hospital.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, BMC also informed airport authorities of updated guidelines for domestic passengers coming to Mumbai from other states, based on the updated order of the Government of Maharashtra on December 2. Now domestic passengers coming to Maharashtra can either show a fully vaccinated certificate or need to carry a negative RT-PCR report, within 72 hours of travel for boarding a flight to Mumbai.