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International passengers arriving from UAE, including Dubai, in Mumbai are now exempted from compulsorily seven-day home quarantine and RT-PCR on arrival, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai said in a notification on Sunday. These directions will be enforced with effect from midnight January 17, 2022.

The authorities had on December 29 made it mandatory for those arriving from United Arab Emirates (USE), including Dubai, in Mumbai to undergo 7-day home quarantine and on-arrival RT-PCR test.

"No special SOPs henceforth will be applicable for passengers coming from United Arab Emirates (USE) including Dubai. Guidelines applicable to international travellers arriving from 'countries other than countries at-risk' will be made applicable to travellers arriving from United Arab Emirates, including Dubai. These directions will be enforced with effect from midnight January 17, 2022," MC of Greater Mumbai said via notification.

The daily Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra's capital city Mumbai had declined to 10,661 on Saturday.

The MC of Greater Mumbai on December 29, 2021, had issued an order making it mandatory for Mumbai residents arriving from Dubai to undergo a seven-day home quarantine with an RT-PCR test on the seventh day. 

The state of Maharashtra reported a decline in Covid cases at 42,462 and reported 23 death on Saturday, while the case fatality rate stood at 1.97%. The state also recorded 125 Omicron infections in 24 hours, taking the case tally to 1,730. On Friday, Maharashtra's Covid tally stood at 43,211 new cases and 19 deaths.

State deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar had said on Saturday that in a Covid review meeting, it was decided that no changes were required in ongoing guidelines and restrictions in the state in the wake of rising infection cases.


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