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MUMBAI: Six passengers who arrived in the city on Vande Bharat Mission flights have tested Covid-19 positive, but all are asymptomatic.
BMC health officials asked them to continue their stay in the hotels where they were in institutional quarantine till they show symptoms that warrant hospitalisation or test negative.
“Since these persons are asymptomatic, they will be quarantined in the same hotel for the remaining days of the mandatory 14-day period and subsequently will be shifted to institutional or home isolation depending on their health condition,” additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said.
The first lot of stranded nationals who landed in the city on Air India repatriation flights on May 10 completed their 14-day mandatory institutional quarantine on Sunday and most of them were allowed to leave by the BMC with a stamp for another two weeks of home quarantine.
BMC officials did not say whether the people found positive were from the first flight or landed afterwards.
In the first week of the month, the global evacuation plan of the government began flying in 14,800 stranded citizens on 64 Air India flights from various countries. In a week, about 2,350 passengers arrived at the city airport and were thermal-screened on the premises before being taken on buses to the institutional quarantine facility of their choice. They were asked to stay there at their own expense for a 14-day period.
After the BMC amended rules last week, flyer are to undergo two weeks of home quarantine after two weeks of hotel quarantine, which will be completed only after they test negative for a swab test done between the seventh and twelfth day of of quarantine.
“I was stranded in the UK for two months. My parents with the help of the high commission evacuated me on the first Air India London-Mumbai flight, and then I was put in paid quarantine in a hotel room for 14 days, which was a big financial burden on my family. Now again, another 14 days of home quarantine. This seems like international students have committed a crime and I feel like I’m in a jail for three months,” Rahul Sondi, who arrived on the first flight, said.