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Travellers boarding a flight in Dubai and landing in Mumbai will now be required to compulsorily undergo a seven-day home quarantine, said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in an order on Friday. 

The passengers will not need to get an RT-PCR test done on arrival but will be tested after seven days. If they test negative, they will be required to self-monitor for seven more days. If the test comes positive, they will be shifted to an institutional quarantine facility. 

“Dubai being the hub where many passengers change the flights and hence there is mixing of travellers at the Dubai International Airport," said the BMC in its order. 

“Therefore, in view of the threat of Omicron infection in Mumbai from the passengers arriving from Dubai, it is essential to issue the guidelines for such travellers," it added. 

In view of this, the civic body said travellers residing in other parts of Maharashtra will not be allowed to take public transport. They will be transferred by collectors, who will arrange from their transport. 

Those having connecting flights to other states or districts in the state can do so. “However, it is the responsibility of the airport authority to inform the respective airport officers regarding the travellers from Dubai," it said. 

This comes as Mumbai has recorded 46 Omicron cases so far, including those found following screening at the Mumbai International Airport.

Mumbai reported 683 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, the highest since 6 October while Maharashtra added 1,410 new cases - the steepest rise since 27 October.

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra government also issued new Covid-19 guidelines in view of the surging Omicron variant cases and the upcoming holiday season.

In its recent order, the state government said that gatherings of more than five persons in public places across Maharashtra will be prohibited from 9 pm to 6 am.

At functions other than social, political or religious ones, the number of attendees in closed spaces should not exceed 50% of the total capacity where seats are fixed and immovable. The number of attendees shall not exceed 25% of the capacity where seats are not fixed.

At sports events, the number of people can not exceed 25% of the venue's capacity.

Gyms, spas, hotels, theatres and cinema halls can operate at a maximum of 50% capacity.

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