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Omicron Scare | Mumbai to monitor international passengers arriving from Dubai

As per the new SOPs, all Mumbai residents arriving in the city from Dubai will have to undergo compulsory seven-day home quarantine, followed by an RT-PCR test on the seventh day. BMC added that such passengers will not have to get RT-PCR tests done on arrival.

December 24, 2021 / 08:54 PM IST
(Representative image: AP)

(Representative image: AP)

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on December 24 issued new guidelines for international passengers arriving in Mumbai from Dubai.

As per the new SOPs, all Mumbai residents arriving in the city from Dubai will have to undergo compulsory seven-day home quarantine, followed by an RT-PCR test on the seventh day. The Mumbai civic body added that such passengers will not have to get RT-PCR tests done on arrival.

If their test result comes negative, the traveller will self-monitor for another seven days. If it is positive, they will be shifted to institutional quarantine as per the current guidelines for international travellers.

Passengers who reside in other parts of Maharashtra will not be allowed to take public transport. They will be transferred by the collector, who will arrange for their transport.

The BMC said: “Travellers who have connecting flights to other states or other parts of Maharashtra will be allowed to take the connecting flights. However, it will be the responsibility of the Airport Authority to inform the respective airport officer regarding the travellers arriving from Dubai.”

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The SOPs were announced by the Mumbai civic body as the newly emerged SARS-CoV-2 variant, named the Omicron variant, has been designated a Variant of Concern (VoC) and reported from various countries.

Therefore, in view of a possible threat of unregulated transmission, it is essential to rigorously implement disease surveillance for all international travellers, especially those arriving from countries at risk, which includes Dubai, BMC said in the notification announcing the new guidelines.

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