489 Passengers Quarantined At Mumbai Airport Amid New Covid-19 Strain


The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said that on Friday around 1000 passengers has landed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport from different parts of the world including Europe and the Middle-East

489 passengers out of 970 who arrived on Friday at Mumbai International Airport were quarantined in the city.

The passengers arrived by eight international flights during the day. Since the detection of a new variant of coronavirus within the UK, institutional quarantine has been made mandatory for all arrivals from Europe and also the Middle-East.

Three out of eight flights arrived from Europe and Middle East countries, carrying a total of 120 passengers. Of them, 32 were kept in institutional quarantine in Mumbai. Six passengers were exempted, said municipal commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal.


“Two people were above 80 years aged, two were pregnant ladies and two others were exempted on account of a medical emergency,” he said. The rest passengers were allowed to travel to other states.

It must be noted that, to prevent the spread of the new variant, which is believed to be 70% more transmissible, the Govt. of India on 23rd Dec has suspend all flights originating from the UK to India till 31st December 2020 (23.59 hours).

(With Inputs From PTI)

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