No Lockdown “No Restrictions” hints BMC Chief Iqbal Chahal amid alarming rise in Covid-19 and Omicron Variant

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Notwithstanding the alarming rise in Covid-19 Omicron Variant caseload in Mumbai Municipal.Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal on Wednesday makes it known that said the civic body will not go in for a complete lockdown or any Lockdown-like restrictions at the moment unless 20,000 hospital beds are occupied.

However, earlier, Rajesh Tope Maharashtra Health Minister hinted of no lockdown but added that the augmented restrictions will be brought in to control the spread of Covid-19 cases. Notably, Tope had also announced that home quarantine will be of seven days, down from the current period of 10 days. At the same time he had cautioned that


stricter restrictions might be imposed to control the widespread Covid-19 and Omicron Variant.

Even the Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Tuesday had hinted on imposing a lockdown if the state capital’s daily Covid-19 case count breaches the 20,000-mark. She had also warned that localised lockdown could be imposed if people continue to throng public places like beaches, grounds, gardens, parks, etc, where entry restrictions have been imposed between 5 PM to 5 AM.

Prior to this, the BMC had implemented guidelines for the city which includes sealing of buildings if more than 20 per cent of the occupied flats have Covid-19 patients and ordered all infectees to strictly adhere to protocols while in home quarantine.

Guidelines for international passengers: In the meantime, the BMC has made rapid RT-PCR test mandatory for all the international passengers landing at the international airport as per revised guidelines.

News Edit: K.V.Raman

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