Thermal Screening, RT-PCR Test Counters: How Mumbai Airport Gears Up After 1st Omicron Case Detected in Maharashtra

Three more passengers who arrived at the Mumbai airport from abroad in the recent days tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, a civic official said.

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Mumbai: The Mumbai Airport is bracing itself for the influx of foreign passengers after first case of Omicron variant has been detected in Maharashtra on Saturday. Thermal Screening areas, registration counters for RT-PCR tests, swab collection booths have been set up for the pax from 'at-risk' nations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai, reported news agency ANI.

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A 33-year-old man from Thane who had arrived at the Delhi airport from South Africa before flying here has tested positive for the Omicron variant, making him the first such case in Maharashtra, officials said earlier in the day.

Three more passengers who arrived at the Mumbai airport from abroad in the recent days tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, a civic official said. The total of such travelers found with COVID-19 infection since the government made RT-PCR test mandatory for those returning from high risk countries -- over concerns about the Omicron variant -- rose to 13. The state on Saturday also recorded its first Omicron infection case.

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Out of 2,794 tests done so far, 13 travelers, including one woman, who came from high risk countries have tested positive for COVID-19. Their swab samples have been sent for genome sequencing," said a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official. Four persons who came into contact with these travelers here also tested positive for COVID-19," she added. All these persons have been shifted to hospitals and their close contacts are being traced, the civic official added.

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As many as 3,760 travelers from high risk countries had arrived in Mumbai till Friday evening since testing began, the official said.

(With inputs from ANI)

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Published Date:December 5, 2021 12:04 AM IST

Updated Date:December 5, 2021 12:04 AM IST

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