Passenger from S Africa lands in Mumbai by way of Delhi, assessments optimistic

A 32-year-old resident of Dombivili in Mumbai, who arrived from South Africa by way of Delhi on November 24, examined optimistic upon arrival within the nationwide Capital, although well being officers are but to establish if he’s contaminated with the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

“He travelled from Cape Town to Delhi via Dubai. He tested Covid-19 positive in Delhi but somehow was able to board the connecting flight to Mumbai. On arrival in Mumbai, he was found to be positive. He is asymptomatic and had home quarantined himself. Later, the corporation quarantined him in an institution,” mentioned Pratibha Panpatil, Chief Medical Officer of the Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC).

KDMC well being officers mentioned they’ve alerted the airport authorities and efforts are on to find the person’s co-passengers.

Dr Pradeep Vyas, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) mentioned, “We have sent his samples for genome sequencing to find out if he is carrying the Omicron varint.”

According to the Centre’s November 11 tips for worldwide passengers, samples for RT-PCR assessments are to be submitted on touchdown, after which passengers are allowed to depart the airport. Passengers are to comply with home quarantine for seven days, with a compulsory retest on the eight day.

Amid rising worries over the Omicron variant, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has begun contacting 466 passengers who arrived within the metropolis during the last 15 days from the “countries of concern”, together with South Africa, and can take swab samples from them for RT-PCR assessments. Officials mentioned that 97 of the 466 passengers who arrived in Mumbai are residents of town. The civic physique is individually contacting all passengers for his or her well being updates.

“The passengers who live in Mumbai don’t have any symptoms. All are quarantined at home. We will run RT-PCR tests on them on Monday,” mentioned BMC Additional Commissioner Suresh Kakani.

The Indian Express has learnt that the state authorities is prone to make seven-day institutional quarantine necessary for passengers flying into town from — or transiting via — nations of concern. For home passengers, the federal government is prone to deliver again the rule on mandatorily carrying a destructive RT-PCR take a look at for getting into the state, sources mentioned.

These measures have been mentioned at a Covid-19 evaluate assembly that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held with Health Minister Rajesh Tope, senior authorities officers, state Covid process drive members, divisional commissioners and district collectors.