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Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Mumbai has revised its quarantine measures for passengers arriving from the UAE, including Dubai.
People flying to Mumbai from the UAE will not have to undergo any PCR tests on arrival.
The travellers are also exempted from mandatory home quarantine effective from Jan.17.
As per the law:
• No special SOPs henceforth will be applicable for passengers coming from United Arab Emirates (UAE) including Dubai
• Guidelines applicable to international travellers arriving from “Countries other than Countries at-risk” will be made applicable to travellers arriving from United Arab Emirates (UAE) including Dubai.
These directions will be enforced with effect from midnight of 17th January 2022.
According to the previous circular, to contain the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in the city, special SOPs for monitoring of international travellers arriving from United Arab Emirates (UAE) including Dubai in Mumbai were issued under circular No. MGC/F/5819 Dated 29.12.2021.
Seven days home quarantine and on arrival RT-PCR test was made mandatory for such passengers.
Maharashtra experienced a slight lull in new Covid-19 and Omicron cases on Saturday though deaths again increased, health officials said.
The government is continuing the intensive surveillance of passengers arriving at the three international airports — Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur — since December 1.
A total of 281,459 travellers have landed here, including 43,106 from the “high risk” countries from where 531 have tested positive and another 604 from other countries, with all their reports sent for genomic sequencing to confirm if they are afflicted by Omicron.
Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Raigad and Palghar remain at the top with the highest number of ‘active cases’ currently in the state, with the afflictions shooting up from 261,658 a day before to 264,441 on Saturday, with the recovery rate remaining steady at 94.28 per cent.
The state’s cumulative figures of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 now stands at 71,70,483 cases and 141,779 deaths, while a total of 67,60,514 patients have fully recovered till date.