591 Passengers From UK Land In Mumbai In Three Flights

Mumbai: On Tuesday, 591 passengers landed in Mumbai on three flights from the UK, a civilian official said, none of them have been found to be symptomatic so far.

The official said that 299 have been sent to various hotels for mandatory quarantine, 292 are at the airport.

“With reports of a distinct phylogenetic cluster of coronavirus detected and rapidly growing in the UK, all flights originating from the UK to India have been suspended temporarily as per orders of GoI,” the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation tweeted.

“In order to prevent the spread of the new mutant, BMC has issued the following orders: All passengers arriving from the UK will undergo mandatory institutional quarantine at their own cost, in the nearby hotel for 7 days. Symptomatic passengers will be shifted to Seven Hills Hospital. Passengers will pay for the RT-PCR test to be conducted between the fifth and seventh day.

“If tested negative, the passenger would be discharged with 7 days mandatory home quarantine. Positive asymptomatic patients will be quarantined at the hotel or COVID19 hospital for 14 days. Transport arrangements for passengers will be made by BEST,” the BMC tweeted.

The central government said on Monday that all UK-India flights would be suspended from 23 December to 31 December to spark a new coronavirus strain in that country.

It also said that all passengers arriving from Britain on Monday and Tuesday would be compulsorily tested for coronavirus upon arrival at airports.

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