Coronavirus updates: 6 with ‘quarantine’ stamps offloaded from Mumbai train

IANS
Thursday, 19 March 2020

"They were in B1 and B2 coaches and were detected by alert Western Railway officials and the co-passengers. They were offloaded at Borivali station and handed over to a medical team," said the official.

Mumbai: In the second incident in two days, a group of six persons coming from Singapore were deboarded from a Gujarat-bound train after they were detected with the 'quarantine stamp' on their back-palms, an official said here on Thursday.

The official said that the six were travelling from Mumbai Central to Vadodara by the Saurashtra Express on a single ticket.

"They were in B1 and B2 coaches and were detected by alert Western Railway officials and the co-passengers. They were offloaded at Borivali station and handed over to a medical team," said the official.

This is the second major scare after four students coming from Germany were deboarded at Palghar from the Mumbai-Delhi Garib Rath Express on Wednesday after they were detected travelling with the compulsory 14-day 'quarantine' stamps.

In both cases, its not clear how they managed to evade the attention of the Mumbai health authorities, reach the railway station, book tickets, board the train and travel unhindered for over an hour before being offloaded.

On March 16, the Maharashtra authorities had implemented the decision to 'stamp' all people arriving from COVID-19 affected countries and shunted to 14 days' compulsory quarantine as a precaution.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday again appealed to all who have been recommended 'quarantine' not to venture out in public as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus.

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