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Omicron Threat: Mumbai Makes 7-Day Home Quarantine Mandatory For Passengers From High-Risk Nations

The BMC order comes as fears rise over the new strain of COVID-19, two cases of which have been reported in Karnataka so far.

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Mumbai: Tightening COVID-related norms amid the threat of Omicron variant of coronavirus, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) mandated seven-day home quarantine of people arriving in Mumbai from ‘high-risk’ countries amid global concerns over the Omicron variant of coronavirus. The BMC order comes as fears rise over the new strain of COVID-19, two cases of which have been reported in Karnataka so far.

India on Saturday reported the third case of Omicron variant in a Gujarat man, who returned from South Africa, news agency PTI reported. The first two cases of Omicron strain were confirmed in two individuals in Karnataka.

The Mumbai international airport caters to thousands of travellers on a daily basis. Here’s what the BMC’s latest order states:

  • The BMC will everyday receive from the airport authorities a list of passengers, who arrive from the countries defined as “high-risk” or “at risk”.
  • The list will also include the detailed address and contact numbers of these travellers. “The BMC will get the list at 10 am daily, after which its staff will contact the passengers to inform them to remain home quarantined for the next seven days. Adherence to the home quarantine order is mandatory and the passengers will be shifted to government-run institutions if they are found violating it,” the order said.
  • An RT-PCR test will be conducted after seven days and necessary steps will be taken accordingly, the order added.

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According to BMC, 14 international travellers from ‘at risk countries’ have tested Covid-19 positive in Mumbai. Their samples have been sent for genome sequencing to check for the Omicron variant.

India’s First Omicron Cases Detected In Karnataka

The Omicron strain, first detected in South Africa, has been classified as a ‘variant of concern’ by the World Health Organization (WHO).

On Thursday, two cases of Omicron cases were detected in Karnataka — one 66-year old is a South African national who had left the country after testing negative, while the other is a local person — a doctor aged 46, with no travel history. Five contacts of the doctor have also tested positive and their samples have been sent for genomic sequencing.

The Karnataka government has also strengthened COVID norms in the state. After a meeting with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), the chief minister issued strict instructions as he ordered rigorous testing at airports and postponed all cultural activities at colleges and educational institutions till January 15 next year. The state government said only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to go to theatres, multiplexes and shopping malls. Parents of children below 18 years who are going to school or college, should be fully vaccinated, the order said.

ALSO READ: Omicron In Karnataka: Only Fully Vaccinated Can Enter Theatres, Malls; Testing Ramped Up

ALSO READ: Covid-19 India Update: India Reports 8,603 New Cases, 6% Lower Than Yesterday

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