In the midst of ever increasing corona cases, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar has announced on Thursday that travelers coming to Bangalore from any state will need to submit a negative corona RT-PCR test report. This process will start from April 1. Tests must be taken within the last 72 hours.
The Chief Minister said that this decision was taken for the boundary of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palika (BBMP) as the highest number of cases are being registered in the city state. On Thursday, Bengaluru registered 1,623 new cases.
However, only those coming from Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab and Chandigarh are required to travel to other parts of Karnataka for negative Kovid-19 RT-PCR test report.
Government officials said that those coming without a test report would be tested, and would be asked to remain isolated until the results arrived. He also said that the requirement is not only for those coming from outside, but also for the residents of Bengaluru and Karnataka who return from outside the state.
Simultaneously, the official said that 60 percent of the infected people have a history of inter-state travel, so it is being considered to revert to the old practice of stamping on the hands of people living at home.
There are currently 18,207 active coronavirus cases in Karnataka. So far, 12,471 people have fallen prey to the virus, while 978,478 patients have been cured. According to the Union Health Ministry, 3,044,524 (slightly more than three million) vaccine doses have been administered in the state so far.