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Maharashtra issues new Covid guidelines after detection of new variant Omicron

Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that those arriving from Omicron affected countries including South Africa are being quarantined and a report of RT-PCR test valid for 72 hours has been made mandatory.

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Mumbai: Maharashtra government on Sunday issued new Covid-19 guidelines following the detection of new variant Omicron in South Africa and some other countries.

Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that those arriving from Omicron-affected countries including South Africa are being quarantined and a report of RT-PCR test valid for 72 hours has been made mandatory.

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He said, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has urged the Centre to stop all flights from South Africa and response in this regard is awaited.

Tope said, even though no case of new variant has been detected in India, the state government is keeping a close watch on those arriving from South Africa.

As per the latest guidelines issued by the Maharashtra government, all travelers arriving in the state will be governed on the basis of the instructions issued by the government of India. The domestic travelers must be fully vaccinated or have an RT-PCR test report valid for 72 hrs. Only those who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to use public transport services.

According to the order, “In case of any program/event/activity happening in an enclosed/closed space like a cinema hall, theatre, marriage hall, convention hall etc, people up to 50 percent of the capacity of the space will be allowed.”

Any individual found violating Covid guidelines will be fined Rs 500, while it would be Rs 10,000 for institutions.

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