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Omicron scare: 15 days travel history, home Isolation must for S. Africa arrivals in Mumbai

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Omicron scare: 15 days travel history, home Isolation must for S. Africa arrivals in Mumbai

New Delhi: With the onset of highly infectious Coronavirus variant, Omicron, the Mumbai civic body rolled out new sets of rules, mandating 15 days travel history and home isolation for all international passengers arriving into Mumbai from South Africa, Hong Kong, Botswana.

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All the travelers will be screened and tested for the new strain, omicron, which has been described as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization.

“All passengers from South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana will be screened and tested, even if they are carrying vaccination certificates or a negative RTPCR test,” tweeted the civic body.

The variant – first detected in South Africa this week, and since reported from Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, and Belgium – is believed to have 50 mutations, including over 30 on the spike protein and 10 on the receptor binding domain.

All those arriving from abroad will be home isolated and if found positive, sample will be sent for genome sequencing to check for new variant, it said.

Genome is like an instruction manual that contains information about the make-up of an organism, and genome sequencing is a technique that reads and interprets genetic information.

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The move for genome sequencing amid worries over the new variant comes after several nations announced flight bans on South Africa arrivals.

The civic body also announced that it is reviewing preparedness levels and inspecting Covid centres.

“All Jumbo Covid Centers to be re-inspected to ensure their proper functioning. Stock of medicines and manpower, production and storage of O2, electrical and fire fighting system to be reviewed,” it said.

In neighbouring Karnataka, international arrivals from South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong will have to undergo Covid testing and those who test positive will be placed under a 10-day institutional isolation, said a government circular.

At a meeting yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a review of the plan to ease international travel restrictions in light of the emerging new Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529.

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