Mumbai Airport Now Offers RT-PCR Test; No Institutional Quarantine For Negative Passengers
Landed in Mumbai? Now you can take an RT-PCR test at Mumbai Airport and skip the institutional home quarantine that is otherwise mandatory for all passengers not carrying a negative test result. After Delhi, Mumbai is the second city to get an express COVID-19 test facility on the airport premises. While the service is only for arrivals, it will be rolled out for all departures shortly. The express testing facility is located near the exit gates of CSMIA’s Terminal-2 and here’s how it works:
Difference Between COVID-19 Swab Tests And RT-PCR TestA swab test for COVID-19 is done by extracting sputum from nose or throat. It is then tested for the presence of coronavirus’ tell-tale genes. The real-time polymerase chain reaction, on the other hand, is based on PCR, that repeatedly copies and amplifies the genetic fragments of the virus.
The RT-PCR test starts with a swab taken from an individual’s throat or nose. Coronaviruses have RNA as their genetic material. The next step is the use of primers and a fluorescent dye which acts as the probe. The patient sample, probe and primer are together left in the PCR machine for the binding. A fluorescent signal marks the presence of the virus. Drive-Through COVID-19 Tests Start In Chandigarh.
As per current rules, all International passengers landing at Mumbai airport will have to undergo seven days of institutional quarantine and seven days of home quarantine. You can now be exempted from the institutional quarantine if you pre-register and produce a negative COVID report taken no longer than 96 hours before the journey. The new test will be another way for passengers to bypass the 7-day institutional quarantine.
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