The Karnataka government decided on Monday to make a negative COVID-19 report not older than 72 hours mandatory for travellers from Punjab and Chandigarh. The provision has been already made by the government for those coming from Kerala and Maharashtra.
“In order to contain the second wave of COVID-19, the existing guidelines issued to incoming travellers from Kerala and Maharashtra to carry negative RT-PCR negative reports not older than 72 hours at the time of entering Karnataka have been extended to Punjab and Chandigarh,” Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar tweeted. A government circular said that recently a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases has been witnessed in Punjab and Chandigarh.
The same provision was recommended by the Technical Advisory Committee that existed for the travellers from Kerala and Maharashtra to those coming from Chandigarh and Punjab. According to the circular the airlines should issue boarding passes only to those passengers who have the negative report.
Even the railway officials and bus operators should ensure those entering Karnataka from these states have Covid positive report. The deputy commissioners of the districts bordering Maharashtra and Kerala have been tasked with making arrangements to ensure that all the vehicles are checked for compliance of the order.
However, constitutional functionaries and healthcare professionals and children below two years old have been relieved from this provision.
According the Union minister of health and family welfare said on Tuesday informed, in the last 24 hours India reported 40,715 cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), lower than infections recorded in the last two days, and 199 related deaths.
✅Total Vaccine Doses administered: 4,72,07,134
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The fresh infections and deaths have counted the country’s totally infection tally to over 11.68 million and the death toll has now risen to 160,166. The spike in coronavirus cases comes ahead of India’s first anniversary of the start of a stringent nationwide lockdown to combat Covid-19.
A year later, the pandemic is far from over and several countries, including India, are experiencing another wave of coronavirus disease.