In the course of the new variant, the state CM is expected to speak to the Prime Minister about stricter no-fly guidelines
Mumbai The Maharashtra government has decided to ask the central government to suspend flights from the 12 countries where the new Covid-19 variant Omicron has been detected. Prime Minister Uddhav Thackeray is expected to speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to call for stricter guidelines for international travelers and the timely exchange of information from passengers from “endangered” countries.
The meeting of the State Cabinet on Monday was chaired by Thackeray from his hospital bed on Monday. The CM is recovering after spinal surgery. In the 45-minute meeting, the CM instructed the state administration to take all precautions to curb the spread of the new variant. Thackeray said tracking passengers from “countries of concern” was a challenge for the administration. “Finding international passengers entering Mumbai or Maharashtra via other countries and traveling by road is a matter of administration. The airlines should share the domestic and international passenger information with the authorities. It will help us track down the infected passengers and their high-risk contacts, ”Thackeray said at the meeting.
Deputy Prime Minister Ajit Pawar urged Thackeray to urge the Prime Minister to impose stricter regulations on passengers coming from countries where the Omicron virus has been reported. Other ministers agreed, after which Thackeray said he would speak to the prime minister in the coming days. The state government has already asked the center to suspend flights from these countries.
Transport Minister Anil Parab assured that there would be no lockdown because of the Omicron variant. “We are closely monitoring the situation. There will be clarity next week. We discussed it in the state cabinet and it is made clear that no restrictions are required because of this, ”he said.
State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said there was no need to panic as Maharashtra had yet to find an Omicron patient. Environment minister and guardian of the Mumbai suburbs, Aaditya Thackeray, said the BMC has started tracking and monitoring the international passengers who have come to Mumbai in the past 10 days. “Around 1000 passengers have landed in Mumbai since November 10th. The BMC has started collecting information about them. We are doing a 7-day institutional quarantine for the passengers coming from these countries, “he said.
In the midst of the Prime Minister’s hospitalization, the state government decided to shorten the winter session to five working days. “The government decided to hold the meeting in Mumbai after doctors advised Thackkeray to avoid air travel. It will take place on November 22nd, 23rd and 26th, 27th and 28th. As requested by the opposition, we will hold a corporate council meeting on November 24th to approve another extension. We have planned to come up with 12 invoices at the meeting, ”he said.
Opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis expressed his dismay at the government’s decision to call off the meeting. “The Thackeray government is afraid to face the opposition on public issues. We asked for it to be extended by a few days and held in the first week of January, ”he said.