Mumbai makes airport RT-PCR test mandatory for returnees from UAE

Mumbai: Passengers arriving in Mumbai from the United Arab Emirates will have to undergo an RT-PCR test, based on which a decision will be taken for 7-day home quarantine, the metropolis’s civic body said on Wednesday.

The decision was taken after Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner IS Chahal chaired a virtual meeting with civic officials, deans and medical superintendents of hospitals.

A civic release said this online interaction took place after Chahal held a meeting with Maharashtra Tourism and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray earlier in the day.

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On 24 December, the civil administration made RT-PCR test mandatory for travelers arriving here from Dubai, which has now been extended to the entire UAE.

Chahal has asked officials to make separate arrangements for 500 beds each in NESCO and BKC jumbo COVID-19 centers for those who have no symptoms and do not require medical treatment, he said. Ready passengers will be allowed. Staying in hotels.

“At the airport, regular RT-PCR tests should be conducted on patients found infected with COVID-19 in rapid test. If the test is negative, isolation should be done as per the prevailing rules. If the test is positive then as per the prevailing rules A decision on isolation or hospitalization should be taken. Samples from routine RT-PCR tests should be sent for genome sequencing,” the release said.

It said that Chahal has directed the administrative wards to appoint flying squads to strictly adhere to the guidelines laid down for New Year’s events, parties and celebrations.

The civic chief further said that after coordinating with that department, some police personnel may also be included in this squad.

All Assistant Municipal Commissioners are required to check CCTV footage daily to ensure that hotels and restaurants are adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines, while all Ward Officers are required to maintain a COVID care facility with a capacity of 500 persons in their respective wards. The center has been asked to be set up at the earliest. , it said.

The BMC commissioner told the officials concerned that there is a need to appoint additional trainee doctors at the ward level war rooms at the earliest.