Karnataka imposes negative RT-PCR report for Kerala arrivals

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Bangalore: Karnataka on Thursday issued new special surveillance measures for travelers from Kerala, requiring them to produce a mandatory negative RT-PCR test report less than 72 hours old or a vaccination certificate of at least one dose of COVID vaccine.

These new guidelines will apply to those entering Kerala by plane, bus, train, taxi, personal transport or any other mode of transport.

According to the circular, the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortium (INSACOG) hinted that the mutant strain Delta + is being reported in some districts of Kerala. Therefore, Karnataka has proposed a new set of guidelines, although the state is satisfied with the measures taken by Kerala to curb the spread of this mutant.

“The current pandemic situation involves taking special surveillance measures to prevent the spread to the neighboring districts of the state, therefore, new guidelines have been issued,” the circular said.

The circular added that the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of the districts bordering Kerala, namely Dakshin Kannada, Kodagu, Mysuru and Chamarajnagara, will arrange to deploy additional staff to the checkpoints to ensure that all vehicles entering Karnataka are checked for compliance with the requirement.

The circular also stated that airlines, railways and state-run transport companies would only issue boarding passes on buses or railways to passengers with RT-PCR test reports. negative less than 72 hours or a certificate of at least one dose of COVID vaccine inoculation.


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