In a bid to control the rapid rise of coronavirus cases in Mumbai due to surged tourist influx, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to launch spot-testing across all major railway stations in the city. All travellers from hotspots including Delhi, NCR, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa will be screened at city stations and those exhibiting virus symptoms will be tested through rapid antigen kits.
Mumbai Train Travel Protocol
Passengers travelling to Mumbai from Delhi, NCR, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa will have to procure a negative COVID report, tested 96 hours before the arrival of the train at the destination. The protocol further details that symptomatic passengers, not carrying a negative report, will have to get tested at the station terminus by the rapid antigen kits. If found positive, the passenger will be admitted at a COVID care centre, the cost of which will be incurred by the infected individual.
BMC has notified the preventive protocols to the authorities at all major stations across the city including, Borivli, Andheri, Bandra Terminus, Dadar, Mumbai Central, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. The Additional Municipal Commissioner has further stated that the BMC will arrange for rapid antigen kits at the city railway stations, which along with airports, are equipped with screening camps. In case of rush at these camps, the passengers will be referred to laboratories.
Guidelines for Travellers visiting Mumbai
The Maharashtra government has also imposed certain restrictions in view of the increasing covid cases in the capital and other districts. As announced on Monday, travellers flying from Delhi, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat will have to provide a negative RT-PCR COVID report on landing at airports in Maharashtra. These tests should not be older than 72 hours prior to the scheduled journey.
In tandem to this, on Monday the BMC wrote to the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) to impose the guidelines of air travels. If travellers do not have report, they can also opt for spot testing. In addition to this, travellers reaching the state by road will also have to get screened at the arrival check posts. Those found with symptoms will have to undergo an antigen test.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Mumbai reported 939 cases, taking the entire caseload to 277,453. The Recuperation rate in the city stands at 91.07% with 252,688 recoveries. At present, the city hosts as many as 13,265 active cases with the daily statistic marked at 558 cases. The mortality toll has clocked over the count of 10,708 deaths, after the 19 fatalities which were reported in the city yesterday. By consequence, Mumbai's fatality rate looms at high 3.85%.
Medical experts in the city are of the opinion that screening all passengers at railway stations will turn out to be an ordeal. Though promptness is an important factor, the lower efficacy of the antigen kits makes the protocol further loop-holed. Doctors in the city have suggested for RT-PCR test instead, in order to detect maximum cases.