Updated: December 1, 2021 2:58:01 am
The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has appealed to citizens who have returned from foreign countries to contact its nearest office so that it can conduct RT-PCR tests on them.
Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil on Tuesday said in view of the threat of Omicron, the new variant of Covid-19, the civic body has decided to conduct RT-PCR tests on those who return from foreign countries. “If these citizens are found positive, they will be put in institutional quarantine. If they are found negative, then they will be quarantined at home,” he said.
Dr Laxman Gofane, assistant medical officer, said PCMC has not yet received the list of passengers who returned from foreign countries, especially from South Africa, where the new Covid variant had been detected. “We are expecting the list of such passengers at
the earliest. After that, we will try to locate them,” he said.
Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil said, “Though Covid-19 cases have gone down, the threat from the infection has not waned. We are making all arrangements to tackle the new Covid-19 variant cases if they are detected in the city. We are planning to keep a separate hospital and a quarantine centre ready for admitting patients of the new variant.”
Meanwhile, the civic Health Department said vaccination of Covaxin and Covishield doses will be carried out at different centres in the city. “Covishield doses will be given at 58 centres while Covaxin will be given at eight centres,” said officials of the Health Department.
Civic officials appealed to citizens to observe all Covid-appropriate norms while coming for vaccinations.
In another order, the PCMC has decided to postpone in-person classes for students of Class 1 to 7. “Till December 15, no classes from Class 1 to 7 should be started offline.Online classes can continue. We will review the situation on December 15 and take a decision in this regard,” the civic chief said.