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Mumbai stations see long queues as passengers from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa undergo mandatory COVI – Mumbai Mirror

Mumbai: Hundreds of passengers arriving from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa were seen waiting for their turn to undergo a test for coronavirus at Dadar, Mumbai Central and other railway stations in the early hours of Wednesday.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday directed its ward officials to deploy staff at railway stations in the metropolis to check COVID-19 negative certificates of passengers arriving from these four states.

The civic body also asked its ward officers to conduct rapid antigen tests on symptomatic passengers at the railway stations and to coordinate with private laboratories for collection of samples for antigen testing.

Following these orders, a host of BMC workers were seen conducting the mandatory RT-PCR tests on the passengers.

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Besides, assistant municipal commissioners have also been ordered to get a list of daily trains and make arrangements for the screening of passengers and to maintain records of the symptomatic ones.

Passengers undergoing tests

“If the antigen test is negative, the passenger will be allowed to go home. If it is positive, then the protocol for positive cases will be followed,” a BMC circular read.

Passengers undergoing tests

Passengers undergoing tests

The Maharashtra government, on Monday, issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) making an RT-PCR negative report mandatory for domestic air travellers as well as railway and road passengers arriving from these four states.

The SOP also stated that “passengers not testing or found COVID-19 positive shall be sent to COVID Care Centres (CCC)” with the cost of further care being borne by passengers.

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