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COVID-19 | Maharashtra: 6 international passengers from 'at risk' countries test positive

10:54 AM Dec 01, 2021 | FPJ Web Desk

Six international passengers who arrived from 'at risk' countries have tested COVID-19 positive, the Maharashtra Health Department said on Wednesday .

Their test samples have been sent for genome sequencing and contact tracing for all six is underway, the Health Department said.

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Four of the six have been traced to the Mumbai, Kalyan-Dombivali and Meera-Bhayandar and Pune, while two have been traced to Pimpri-Chinchwad.

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While no cases of Omicron have been reported so far in India, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Tuesday advised states not to let their guard down and keep a strict vigil on the international passengers coming to the country through various airports, ports and land border crossings

Amid concerns over the Omicron variant of coronavirus, Maharashtra has mandated seven-day institutional quarantine for travellers arriving in the state from 'at-risk' countries.

The State Disaster Management Authority on Tuesday night issued the guidelines, an official said.

The list of 'at-risk' countries is announced by the Union government.

According to an updated list, the countries designated as 'at-risk' are the European countries, the UK, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

Such passengers will also undergo RT-PCR test on second, fourth and seventh day of the arrival, the authority said in its latest guidelines.

If a passenger is found to be positive, he or she will be shifted to a hospital.

In case the test is negative, the passenger will still have to undergo seven-day home quarantine.

Passengers from other than 'at-risk' countries will have to undergo compulsory RT-PCR test at the airport. Even if found negative, they will have to undergo 14-day home quarantine.

If found positive, the patient will be shifted to a hospital, the guidelines added.

(With agency inputs)

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