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BMC revises arrival protocols for int'l travellers in Mumbai amid threat of new COVID strain

All international travellers will have to go through a compulsory 14-day home quarantine after arrival in Mumbai.

In wake of the discovery of a new COVID strain, C.1.2, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has revised and updated the travel norms for international passengers reaching Mumbai. An RT-PCR test is mandatory for all foreign travellers, effective from September 3. As per reports, the new virus mutation was first reported in South Africa and has been detected in about 7 countries so far. As yet, the variant has not been found in India so far, informed government sources.


New travel norms for international flyers in Mumbai

The BMC has updated its guard against the entry of the 'highly mutated' C.1.2 strain of coronavirus by changing travel norms for international travellers. The civic body has scrapped the provision of institutional quarantine for such flyers and has introduced new rules and protocols to prevent the invasion of the mutation due to unmonitored travel.

An RT-PCR test is now compulsory for international travellers arriving in Mumbai from UK, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe The cost of the COVID-19 test shall be borne by the passengers, added the BMC.

Passengers flying from the CSMIA to any destination, except for those listed about, also have to produce a negative RT-PCR test report conducted within 72 hours of the journey. This norm shall also be imposed on flyers taking connecting flights via Mumbai.

All passengers arriving in the city will be subjected to mandatory 14 day home quarantine, instead of an institutional one now. All exemptions awarded to fully vaccinated passengers and passengers over 65 years of age have also be been revoked, from September 3, read reports.

Mutated C.1.2 evades vaccine protection

The C.1.2 variant is being considered to be more infectious and has shown signs of evading protection provided by vaccines. Thus, chances of getting COVID-19 infected run significantly high even for vaccinated individuals, which beats the overall cause of the immunity campaign.

According to the World Health Organisation, researchers in South Africa first presented at least 40-59 more mutations in the C.1.2 variant than the original strain found in Wuhan, China. As per reports, the research involves scientists from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP).

Indore's dengue tally reaches the highest in 6 years with a total of 384 cases

Around 17 new dengue cases were reported in Indore in the past 24 hours.

Indore has reported the highest dengue cases in 6 years. As per reports, around 17 fresh cases were recorded here in the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 384 cases. According to the health department, around nine males and eight females contributed to the day's dengue count, marking the rise of an endemic in the city.

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UP to soon get a new 200-acre-wide data centre park

The new data centre will come up in Noida's Sector-28

In a bid to cultivate Uttar Pradesh's commercial landscape, the state administration has planned to develop data centre park in Noida. This structure will reportedly spread over 200 acres of land at Sector 28 of the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority and attract investments from IT industry giants in India and abroad. The plan is expected to roll out by the end of August.

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