Mumbai : The Uddhav Thackeray government is now clamping down in their bid to prevent the transmission of the new mutating strain of the COVID-19 virus and decided that passengers coming from Europe, Middle-East, South Africa, as well as through flights that have halts in Europe, will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine after landing in Mumbai.
The state government sources said that apart from this, they should test negative in RT-PCR test before discharge from the quarantine. Those who are found symptomatic will be shifted to a COVID-19 hospital of the Mumbai civic body. No passenger will be allowed home who returned from UK, tested COVID-19 positive.
Earlier, a Nagpur-based 28-year old youth who returned from UK tested COVID-19 positive and is suspected of carrying the new strain of Coronavirus, found in the United Kingdom.
The patient, who has a travel history from UK, was tested at the airport in Nagpur on arrival on November 29 but was found COVID-19 negative at the time. However, after seven days he stated showing symptoms and complained about the loss of smell. He was again tested for COVID-19 at a civic hospital and his Rapid Antigen test came on December 15.
Four members of his family tested positive for Covid-19 after the 28-year-old youth returned from the UK. The youth is an IT professional who stayed in UK for a month and returned on November 29. He tested negative in rapid antigen test at the airport on arrival but after a week he developed mild symptoms and got tested on December 14.
On December 22, the youth was admitted at the hospital. “We collected two samples for testing. A sample has been sent for RT-PCR test and another to Pune for further examination,” a senior official of government run medical college and hospital informed.
He said that the report from Pune is expected within next couple of days. At present it cannot be confirmed whether the patient is carrying the new strain or not till the final test reports come, he further said.