Genome tests for passengers from South Africa, announces Mumbai's Kishori Pednekar over Omicron variant fears
The Mumbai mayor said that there was an increased risk of coronavirus in foreign countries, so those coming from outside would have to undergo genome tests
Mumbai: Amid concerns over the new COVID-19 variant Omicron, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has called a meeting of senior officials today evening to discuss measures to deal with it.
The meeting is called by BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal.
According to BMC, the members of the COVID task force, dean of COVID hospitals, ward officers, health officers will attend the meeting.
The measures and restrictions to deal with the new variants will be discussed in the meeting. In the meeting, they will also discuss testing and contact tracing of passengers coming from other countries.
Mayor Kishori Pednekar said that the concern over the new COVID variant has increased in Mumbai and genome tests of passengers coming from South Africa will be done.
"There is no restriction on outbound flights in any way. But this decision has been taken keeping in view the past experience. There is an increased risk of coronavirus in foreign countries, so those coming from outside will have to undergo genome tests," she said.
Pednekar further urged people to maintain social distance and wear masks so that this new menace can be stopped.
"I request everyone to maintain social distance and wear masks so that this new menace can be stopped," she added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also chaired a meeting on the situation relating to COVID-19 and vaccination with top officials.
India has also added several countries to the list from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing for infection.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare adds Hong Kong and Israel to the list of countries from where travellers would need to follow additional measures on arrival in India, including post-arrival testing considering the detection of the new COVID variant 'Omicron' in South Africa.
In Spain, new cases rocketed from an average of fewer than 2,000 a day in early November to more than 130,000 daily in the past week.
India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 3,79,01,241, which includes 8,961 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.
The total tally of COVID-19 cases is now at 3,65,82,129 which includes 5,753 cases of the Omicron variant