All worldwide passengers arriving into Mumbai should present their journey historical past relationship again to fifteen days, the Mumbai civic physique has introduced as a brand new COVID-19 variant set off alarm bells internationally.
These arriving from South Africa, Hong Kong, Botswana will probably be screened and examined for the brand new pressure – named omicron and described as a variant of concern by the World Well being Group – it mentioned.
“All passengers from South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana will probably be screened and examined, even when they’re carrying vaccination certificates or a destructive RTPCR take a look at,” tweeted the civic physique.
All passengers from South Africa, Hong Kong & Botswana will probably be screened & examined, even when they’re carrying vaccination certificates or – ve RTPCR take a look at.
They are going to be residence remoted & if discovered +ve, pattern will probably be despatched for genome sequencing to test for brand new variant.#BMCUpdates
— माझी Mumbai, आपली BMC (@mybmc) November 27, 2021
The variant – first detected in South Africa this week, and since reported from Botswana, Hong Kong, Israel, and Belgium – is believed to have 50 mutations, together with over 30 on the spike protein and 10 on the receptor binding area.
All these arriving from overseas will probably be residence remoted and if discovered optimistic, pattern will probably be despatched for genome sequencing to test for brand new variant, it mentioned.
Genome is like an instruction handbook that comprises details about the make-up of an organism, and genome sequencing is a way that reads and interprets genetic data.
The transfer for genome sequencing amid worries over the brand new variant comes after a number of nations introduced flight bans on South Africa arrivals.
The civic physique additionally introduced that it’s reviewing preparedness ranges and inspecting Covid centres.
“All Jumbo Covid Facilities to be re-inspected to make sure their correct functioning. Inventory of medicines and manpower, manufacturing and storage of O2, electrical and fireplace preventing system to be reviewed,” it mentioned.
In neighbouring Karnataka, worldwide arrivals from South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong should bear Covid testing and those that take a look at optimistic will probably be positioned beneath a 10-day institutional isolation, mentioned a authorities round.
At a gathering yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi known as for a evaluate of the plan to ease worldwide journey restrictions in mild of the rising new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529.