Over 340 flyers from Europe, Middle East, South Africa opt for free BMC quarantine

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MUMBAI: Unable to afford or choosing not to stay at designated hotels, nearly 350 passengers from Europe, Middle East and South Africa used BMC’s free institutional quarantine at the Byculla jumbo Covid centre. BMC offers free institutional quarantine to returnees from countries in Europe, Middle East and South Africa, at the Richardson and Cruddas jumbo Covid centre.
The free quarantine comes with three meals a day and evening refreshments. According to civic data, since December 23, when BMC began the 7-day institutional quarantine for international returnees from those countries, 343 passengers opted for it. Of these, 75 were discharged. “There were many who couldn’t afford hotels or didn’t want to stay there. So this arrangement was made. It is completely free. There are no Covid positive patients at the centre, it is for suspect cases,” said Suresh Kakani, additional municipal commissioner (Health).
Last Tuesday, the BMC issued fresh guidelines for passengers arriving from Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa. Passengers landing from these countries have to undergo 7 days of compulsory institutional quarantine at designated hotels.
“This facility is as good as a hotel. We offer free WiFi, and there is a television set also, so those in quarantine are not bored and can stay connected to their families,” said Makarand Dagadkhair, assistant municipal commissioner (E Ward).