Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Quarantine returning flyers at Pune airport, says mayor as Omicron cases detected in Pimpri-Chinchwad

Pune: Even as the administration of Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) revealed on Monday that 138 persons have arrived to the industrial city from foreign countries, including high-risk ones, in the last few days, mayor Usha Dhore has called for returning flyers to be quarantined at the Pune airport itself in order to prevent the spread of Omicron variant of COVID-19.

“It is important that those who returned from foreign countries are immediately quarantined on arrival rather than being allowed to go home and then undergo RT-PCR tests,” the mayor said.

The mayor’s statement came after the civic administration held a press conference and revealed that 138 individuals have arrived in the industrial city from foreign countries. Many of them are residents of Pimpri-Chinchwad while some have come to meet their relatives. Of these, three have been detected with Omicron.

The mayor said the civic officials should talk to the Pune airport authority officials and ask them to conduct the tests and quarantine the flyers at a special facility. “If the airport authorities are not able to do so, PCMC should take the initiative in this regard and quarantine such flyers at Balewadi facility,” Dhore said.

Namdeo Dhake, PCMC house leader, said, “We have urged the commissioner to act promptly and, if required, take up the issue with the state government. If we allow people to return home and mingle with other citizens, it would lead to spread of the variant. Therefore, we need to focus hard on those returning from abroad,” he said.

Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil said, “We will have to consult with the state government in this regard. We are expecting that the government will come up with some guidelines.”

07/12/21 Manoj Dattatrye/Indian Express

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