Mumbai Issues New Guidelines For Passengers Arriving From UK, Europe, Middle East, South Africa and Brazil

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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday updates its quarantine guidelines for international passengers arriving from UK, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, and Brazil.

Mandatory Quarantine For Passengers From Brazil

The Central government had made it mandatory for incoming passengers from Brazil to be sent to institutional quarantine for seven days from February 17, 2021.

The BMC In a fresh circular announced that a seven-day institutional quarantine will be mandatory for all passengers who are arriving in Mumbai from Brazil even if they have obtained a COVID-19 negative report before their journey.

The civic body includes Brazil in the list of countries under quarantine rules, citing the latest guidelines of the Union Ministry of Health about international arrivals.

Passengers Can Isolate In Private Hospitals

The BMC in the latest circular also said that if passengers are found to be Covid-19 positive or asymptomatic on arrival or on day seven of their arrival, they can be shifted to private hospitals as well, unlike earlier when they had to be isolated at Seven Hills Hospital if from the UK, and GT Hospital if from the Middle East, South Africa, Europe or Brazil.

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The designated private hospitals are Bombay, Raheja, Hinduja and Reliance.

If passengers are found negative on day seven, then they are to be discharged from institutional quarantine and sent to mandatory home quarantine for another seven days.

Moreover, all contacts of those passengers who turn positive during home quarantine are to be isolated too.

The BMC issued this new guideline amid the fear of increasing evidence of mutant variants of SARS CoV2 in circulation in the UK, Brazil, and South Africa.

Till now, passengers from the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East were admitted only at GT and Seven Hills. With the addition of Brazil to the list, BMC has also given the choice of private hospitals.

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