Five more travellers from ‘at risk’ countries test COVID-19 positive in Mumbai: Omicron threat

New Delhi, India: Five more people who arrived in Maharashtra’s Mumbai from ‘at risk countries’ tested positive for COVID-19, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said on Thursday, as the Omicron variant grips the world in fear (December 2).

All five travelers who tested positive for COVID, according to the civil body, are males who arrived in Mumbai between November 17 and December 2. Three of them were from London, one was from Portugal, and the other was from Germany.

According to PTI, BMC’s additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said that nine people who arrived in Mumbai have tested positive for COVID-19 and are suspected of having the Omicron variant.

According to a BMC official, all infected travellers have been admitted to the civic-run Seven Hills Hospital, and their samples have been sent for genome sequencing.

“These travellers’ contracts are being traced,” the official added. He went on to say that a total of 485 travellers’ samples had been collected so far.

The United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Israel are among the European countries on the “at-risk” list, according to the Centre.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government tweaked its travel restrictions on Thursday, requiring passengers from only three countries – South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe – to undergo a seven-day institutional quarantine.

Domestic air travellers must be fully vaccinated or have a negative RT-PCR test certificate that is no more than 72 hours old before boarding.

Karnataka reported India’s first two cases of the new “variant of concern” Omicron earlier today, according to Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry. “So far, the variant has been reported in two cases in the country. Both cases are from the state of Karnataka “According to Agarwal.

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