Coronavirus: Mumbai prepares to quarantine 26k Indians coming from Gulf
MUMBAI: As the total number of coronavirus cases in India went up to 170 and Maharashtra, with four more patients testing positive on Wednesday, continued to lead the list at 45 (by a wide margin), the Mumbai civic body prepared to welcome around 26,000 Indians expected to land in the city between Thursday and March 31 from Covid-19-hit Gulf nations such as the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.
The BMC’s estimate of nearly 26,000 comes from arrivals at the city’s airport and information about travellers obtained from the Centre; 23 flights come to Mumbai from these countries every day. According to the Centre’s guidelines, all arrivals from the UAE, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman are to be mandatorily quarantined for 14 days starting March 18 (Wednesday).
Since 15 people from Maharashtra who earlier arrived from Dubai (which is in the UAE) have tested positive, the BMC has converted one of its newly constructed training centres for its engineers in Powai into a quarantine facility for the anticipated arrivals, apart from the isolation facility at SevenHills hospital in Marol. The Powai facility has several conference rooms where a few hundred beds are already in place and more will be added, civic officials said.
Most Indians expected to land by month-end are employed as blue-collared workers in Middle East, according to officials. They would be broken up into distinct categories. Those who are healthy and have their homes in Mumbai will be allowed to go home, where they will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
Those who show symptoms would be sent for tests and those deemed vulnerable, such as senior citizens, would be placed in quarantine immediately.
Cherag M Gandhi • Mumbai • 7 hours ago
It will be the biggest mistake to allow these people in to India. Disaster looms large if this goes on. They need to stay where they are for now. Big mistake Modiji!!!
允许这些人回国将是大错特错。如果让他们回来，无异于一场灾难。他们应该呆在原地。莫迪，这是在犯大错 ! !
D Rudy • 7 hours ago
Don’t know how many among these will slip away from quarantine and spread the infection. Why would they quarantine so many in a densely populated city? Whose idea was it?
Ashwani Kumar• 1 hour ago
Why should we cast our doubt on anyone or go nment. Hopefully, go nment will take all necessary steps.
Muskan Mirza • 8 hours ago
Mammoth task is ahead for the governent to quatantine 26k indians.
AjayM • 7 hours ago
hey, wait. do u know that carona can spread before showing symptoms, do u think they stay at quarantine centers?
Pradeep • Hyderabad • 7 hours ago
No doubt, Modiji is doing great job. He is leading the movement from the front. His responses and Planning is perfect.
Lucky to have such a Prime Minister for the Country
Rupesh Bonthala • Chennai • 7 hours ago
Dear Govt, It is very risky move to allow people of nearby places to go home (even if they are low risk). Probably they could be accommodated at a low risk ward. please understand you are asking a common man (not military man) to stay at home. How can you expect they follow the rules. Please think with common sense
Ramesh • New Delhi • 7 hours ago
Why such large numbers of potentially infected people are being allowed to come and create problems for us?
Paadi Pantalu • 7 hours ago
Look like these are filthy rich celebs, let them pay for all the expenses.
Vijay Bhatia • 7 hours ago
Don't allow anyone to enter Mumbai for next weeks.
Sai Narayan • 7 hours ago
26000 is this a joke no country is allowing these large numbers to come back close down the airports immediately india and mumbai caNT AFFORD THIS
Ashwin • 7 hours ago
Adequate security should be provided to secure these ppl...they are of high risk...
Jack Saunders • 7 hours ago
Why are they even being allowed into the country
Savio Sebastian Gomes • 7 hours ago
Such persons should not be allowed in India
Saki Baba • 7 hours ago
Might be a good idea to quarantine them at a military base in Kashmir. Maybe then it will be too toxic for any terrorist or even the Pakis.
Abhijit • Hyderabad • 6 hours ago
Please make them pay for this. While they mint money and flaunted their wealth from gulf they didn't pay taxes. Now don't use Indian tax payers money to treat this influx of people from deserts.
Newsreader • 3 hours ago
So they work overseas, pay no tax or pass any benefit to India, when it comes to get help they coming back. Why can’y they just stay where they earn big bucks and get treatment? Why add pressure to India?
Stop them from coming to Mumbai otherwise whole city will be infected by the virus. Don't be foolish India.
Jagdish Madan • Vancouver BC
26000 is a huge number and unless these people cooperate fully, India is staring at a monumental disaster.
This is going to be the biggest blunder by India. Home quarantine is useless. It's never perfect and the most dangerous method which leads to infection to family and their friends and thus whole society. All incoming travellers should be quarantined at Mumbai or ask them not to come to India. Pls think twice and take wise decision.
Kvs Sarma• 2 hours ago
home quarantine is not quarantine.
WAM VS • 3 hours ago
Modi should realize now that all the borders if not sealed now will cause a major disaster in coming days.
vikrantl • Location • 7 hours ago
Instead of locking entire country, t govt should have locked just the travellers from jan 2020
PakisareHomosandSuck • 5 hours ago
Let the gulf countries also handle the workers working for them. To deport them in times of crisis is BS and callous!!!!
Gobardhan It • 7 hours ago
Feku is panvati and a curse for India. India going downhill since 2014 in every sector including economy and health.
Sandeep Kumar • 4 hours ago
It will be disaster to allow so many people to Mumbai !! Please do not do it !! Its quite obvious many of these peoples would not like to be quarantined and will spread to all !!