Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Fliers clear screening but self-quarantine

Many travellers arriving in the state from countries that are not on the high-risk list are opting to selfquarantine in hotels on their own as an added precaution to safeguard their families in the city.
Pranay (name changed) arrived in the city from Copenhagen on March 13. He was screened at the airport and was allowed to go home as he showed no symptoms of the novel coronvirus. The 35-year-old, however, checked into a suburban hotel and plans to stay there for the 14 days. “I have elderly parents at home so I do not want to take any risks. Remaining in quarantine at home is difficult so a hotel is best. Other people who have landed from the infected countries must also opt to self-quarantine,” Pranay said. Pranay was in Germany and Denmark for five days.
Last week, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had begun screening passengers arriving at the
international airport from seven countries -- China, South Korea, Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Iran.
This was part of the authorities plan to contain the spread of the virus.
Officials said that passengers arriving from these seven countries are being clubbed into three categories, Category A (high risk), where passengers found with COVID-19 symptoms are being admitted to Kasturba Hospital. These passengers have symptoms like cough, fever, breathlessness. They are being kept in isolation at Kasturba Hospital. In Category B (moderate risk), are passengers who have no symptoms but are over 60 years old. All of them are being admitted to Marol’s Seven-Hills Hospital and will be under quarantine for 14 days.
18/03/20 Chaitanya Marpakwar/Mumbai Mirror
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