Karnataka makes RT-PCR tests mandatory for people coming from Maharashtra, Kerala

Amid rising COVID-19 cases in the country, Karnataka on Monday (March 15) mandated RT-PCR tests for people traveling from Maharashtra and Kerala. The new rule will apply to anyone arriving from Maharashtra by flights, buses, trains or private vehicles. The negative RT-PCR report shall be verified at the time of boarding by airlines’ staff. For those travelling by bus, tickets shall be issued on production of a negative RT-PCR report or shall be checked by the bus conductor when those who booked tickets online board the bus. In trains, the TTEs shall check the negative RT-PCR test report,” the circular said

After attending the technical advisory committee meeting, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said as the coronavirus cases have been rising in the state for the past 15 days, the government has decided to increase the pace of COVID-19 vaccination drive.

He urged people to cooperate by adhering to the preventive measures to follow social distancing ,wear masks at public places. Any further decision will be taken after the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 17, the CM also informed.

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