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Mumbai: No mandatory institutional quarantine rule for international passengers, says BMC

The passengers who don't fall under any of these categories, however, will have to undergo mandatory institutional quarantine for seven days followed by seven days of home quarantine.

Mumbai: No mandatory institutional quarantine rule for international passengers, says BMC
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In a new set of advisories, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has given exemption from mandatory institutional quarantine to the passengers arriving in Mumbai from the UK, Europe, Middle East, South Africa and Brazil. However, this rule applies to the passengers only if they have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Moreover, the BMC has also given exemption from institutional quarantine to the passengers who are above 65 years of age, women in an advanced stage of pregnancy, both parents accompanying children aged below five.

The new guidelines come even as Maharashtra, among other states, has been reporting a surge in the COVID-19 cases.

Earlier, all the passengers arriving or transiting from flights originating from these countries with a final destination in Maharashtra had to observe a compulsory institutional quarantine of seven days at a state-designated facility irrespective of a negative report before boarding the flight.

Besides, the passengers with serious illnesses that require immediate medical attention, such as cancer, severe physical disability, mental illness and cerebral palsy can also skip quarantine now if they have supporting medical documents.

Medical professionals who intend to travel for life-saving surgery or attend to critical patients have also been exempted from institutional quarantine if they furnish proof from the hospital where they are to perform the surgery or provide medical service.

The passengers who don't fall under any of these categories, however, will have to undergo mandatory institutional quarantine for seven days followed by seven days of home quarantine.

On Sunday, March 21, Mumbai reported 3,775 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the capital city to 3,62,654.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 30,535 fresh COVID-19 cases, 11,314 recoveries, and 99 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the State Health Department.

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