BMC issues fresh guidelines for international arrivals at airport. Details here
Amid an alarming rise in daily Covid-19 infections in Maharashtra, including cases of the Omicron variant, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the civic body of Mumbai, on Tuesday announced fresh guidelines for international passengers arriving at the city's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA).
“Kindly note the latest protocol, for those arriving at Mumbai International Airport from abroad,” tweeted Kiran Dighavkar, an assistant municipal commissioner with the BMC.
As per the updated guidelines, those arriving from abroad will be, upon arrival, subjected to Rapid RT-PCR test. If positive, the traveller will have to take a routine RT-PCR test; however, if Rapid RT-PCR is negative, the passenger will be allowed to leave though they need to put themselves in home quarantine for a week.
Those found positive, and also exhibiting symptoms for Covid-19, will be admitted to Seven Hills Hospital (free of cost), the advisory said. Among such patients, those who wish to be taken to a private facility, will be sent to Bombay Hospital or Breach Candy Hospital, it further said.
For asymptomatic passengers, the options are BKC/Kanjur Jumbo Centre (free of cost) or, if they want to pay, a private hotel of their choice from among those mentioned in the advisory.
On Tuesday, Maharashtra's cumulative Covid-19 infection tally witnessed a massive spike, rising by 18,466 to 6,730,494, a health department bulletin showed. As many as 20 more fatalities pushed the related toll to 141,573. Of the new patients and deaths, Mumbai's contribution stood at 10,606 and two, respectively.
Meanwhile, the total number of Omicron infections in the western state rose to 653 as 75 more patients were detected. Mumbai accounted for 40 new infections. Overall, 259 people have recovered after contracting the strain, leaving its active cases at 578.