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Travelers coming from omicron-hit South Africa variant to be quarantined in Mumbai

Travelers coming from omicron-hit South Africa variant to be quarantined in Mumbai

Every passenger arriving in Mumbai from South Africa will be mandate quarantined in the wake of the spread of the new covid variant omicron of coronavirus there. On Saturday, the city's mayor Kishori Pednekar announced. The samples collected from the people will be sent for genome sequencing, she quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Pednekar announced as calls grow for banning the flights coming to India from South Africa. A few hours ago, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop these flights.

He said

"I urge honourable PM to stop flights from those countries which are affected by new covid variant omicron. With great struggle, our country has recovered from Covid -19. We need to do every possible thing to prevent this new variant from entering India,"

The PM is holding a virtual meeting today to review the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation in the country and the pace of the ongoing vaccination drive.

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The government has not imposed any flight ban but directed states to start rigorous screening and test all international travelers from African of omicron-affected countries. India has not reported any case of omicron.

After being detected in Botswana in southern Africa on November 9, omicron is fast spreading across the world, jumping continents in days. It has so far been reported in Belgium, Hong Kong, and Israel.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has already categorized omicron as a 'variant of concern.' It has 32 mutations, more than any other variant of coronavirus. Till now, the delta variant was wreaking havoc across the globe; omicron has twice as many mutations as delta.

Countries have raced to announce travel bans. Thailand is the latest to join the growing list, banning people from eight African countries: Mozambique, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.

Earlier, the European Union, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Russia announced similar curbs. The United States, too, has imposed a travel ban from the region, with exceptions for permanent residents of America and American citizens and a few other categories, including spouses and another close family.

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