Commuters wearing protecting face masks as a precaution towards the new virus wait at a bus station in Mumbai, India, Wednesday, March 18. Rajanish Kakade/AP
The Indian city of Mumbai is getting ready for the arrival of about 26,000 passengers, largely Indian nationals, who’re anticipated to return from Gulf countries over the next two weeks.
More than 20 flights a day arrive in Mumbai from Gulf nations just like the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman. Yesterday, the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs passed an order that each one passengers coming from or transiting via these countries shall be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival, both at authorities facilities or at home.
Many of the travelers are Indian blue-collar staff on labor contracts within the Gulf countries, who at the moment are returning home.
Arrivals who’re asymptomatic and have homes in Mumbai can go home and self-isolate for 14 days. If they stay in neighboring cities, they’ll nonetheless keep at house but should not allowed to take public transport.
If they present signs, or stay far from Mumbai, they are going to be quarantined in authorities amenities, stated municipal authorities officers.
Quarantine facilities: One quarantine web site is the Seven Hills Hospital within the Marol space of Mumbai — however the metropolis has additionally arrange different quarantine amenities and a portal in partnership with resorts and marriage halls.
The federal government quarantine amenities have about 700 beds obtainable, stated P Velrasu, Additional Municipal Commissioner.
Mumbai at the moment has 45 cases of the coronavirus, according to the state’s Ministry of Public Health and Household Welfare.
India has 169 cases in complete, and three deaths, in keeping with Johns Hopkins University, which is tracking cases reported by the World Health Group and extra sources.