Ebene News – GB – Mumbai civic organization to quarantine international travelers at its Covid-19 facility for free

On Wednesday, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) decided to quarantine returnees from Europe, the Middle East and South Africa for free at its jumbo Byculla Center Covid-19, in order to ‘prevent airmen from making a detour to avoid quarantine

Previously, a few passengers were found to take detours landing in other states and then entering Mumbai, claiming it was unaffordable for them to end the mandatory seven-day quarantine in hotels HT had reported on December 29 how the airmen, in order to avoid being quarantined in hotels, would take a flight to neighboring states such as Goa and Kerala and return to Mumbai by road, train or flight. interior These states did not make institutional quarantine mandatory as Maharashtra did to detect whether returning passengers were infected with the new, more transmissible strain of Covid-19, originating in the United Kingdom (UK)

These passengers could be potential super spreaders in case they are infected with the new strain of Covid-19, BMC said

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Suresh Kakani, Additional Municipal Commissioner, BMC, said: “We have opened our jumbo Byculla center for institutional quarantine of incoming passengers from the Middle East and Europe This facility will be reserved for those who claim they cannot afford to quarantine themselves in hotels “

Kakani added: “There are several professional class-service citizens who are coming back and they have requested institutional quarantine facilities, instead of hotels. Therefore, this facility will be available for free, as our goal is to ensure that passengers do not use loopholes to escape quarantine At BMC, we ask citizens to act responsibly “

With Covid-19 cases dropping in town, the number of vacant BMC beds has also increased According to BMC dashboard data, of the city’s 16,437 Covid-19 beds, 12,440 are vacant

According to protocols issued by the BMC, passengers arriving from Europe, the Middle East and South Africa are screened and then quarantined in hotels in the city for seven days They are allowed to complete the remaining seven days of home quarantine if they test negative between the fifth and seventh day The hotel rate is between Rs1,500 and Rs4,500, depending on the budget of each passenger.If the passengers test positive, they are transferred to the hospital and their samples are sent to the National Institute of Virology ( NIV) of Pune to check if they are infected with a new strain of Covid-19

Meanwhile, until December 28, more than 5,261 passengers have arrived from Europe and the Middle East In addition, BMC sent 12 samples to NIV, Pune as they tested positive for Covid -19 These 12 samples are from passengers who arrived from the UK between November 24 and December 22

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Ebene News – GB – Civic body in Mumbai must quarantine international travelers for free at its Covid-19 facility

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