Mumbai mayor conducts surprise inspection of Covid-19 quarantine center | Mumbai News – Times of India

MUMBAI: In a surprise inspection conducted by Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar and deputy mayor Suhas Wadkar on Wednesday amidst the rising covid-19 cases it was found that four international travelers who were to quarantine themselves in the hotel at Santacruz had fled instead.
Currently passengers coming from UK, Europe, Middle East and South Africa have to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine.
Taking serious cognizance , the mayor then directed that action be immediately initiated against the hotel authorities and the four travellers as well. The mayor said that the Covid-19 case scenario in several foreign countries is worrisome and if travelers are acting in such a manner and not cooperating with the BMC then she would have to discuss the same with the municipal commissioner.
She also said that once the passengers are brought to the hotel it is responsibility of the hotel owner as well to ensure that they remain quarantined.
“The hotel owner should have informed the concerned police station and the municipal corporation about the incident, but they did not inform anyone,” she said. The mayor said that stern action needs to be taken against those involved in the incident as such an incident can bother others as well.
Meanwhile Pednekar on Wednesday also travelled by local train herself and requested citizens to follow strict measures to curb the spread of covid-19. Pednekar told TOI that she boarded the local train from Byculla and during the travel spoke to passengers asking them to stay alert. “We cannot be negligent about putting on masks or washing our hands after having come this far in the fight against covid-19. I therefore travelled by train from Byculla to CSMT and then again back to Santacruz where I requested citizens to lend their coperation to us by taking all precautions,” she said.

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