The transfer, a part of measures to extend pandemicrelated surveillance at entry factors, follows experiences of a spike within the variety of Covid-19 instances within the neighbouring states. “It doesn’t matter if an individual travelling from these two states has taken the primary vaccine dose or each jabs. The individual is meant to hold a Covid detrimental report, not older than 72 hours, to enter Karnataka,” mentioned a senior official of the well being division.
The revised journey tips, issued by further chief secretary (well being) Jawaid Akhtar, make it clear that the rule applies to all passengers, together with these arriving by flights originating from the 2 states. Airways have been requested to challenge boarding passes to solely folks carrying detrimental RT-PCR certificates. Railway and bus officers have additionally been requested to implement the identical.
The deputy commissioners of districts reminiscent of Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu and Mysuru that border Kerala and Belagavi, Vijayapura, Kalaburagi and Bidar that border Maharashtra have been directed to determine checkposts and deploy ample workers to make sure that all autos coming into Karnataka are checked. Solely constitutional functionaries, healthcare employees and kids aged beneath 2 years are exempted from the check rule.
Travellers with a household or medical emergency will probably be swabbed on arrival and their contact particulars will probably be taken, in accordance with the rules. “The unfold of Covid-19 in the course of the second section of the pandemic was attributed to interstate motion of individuals. Whereas north Karnataka districts reminiscent of Belagavi noticed larger instances following the arrival of individuals from Maharashtra, coastal districts, together with Dakshina Kannada, noticed extra instances due to motion from Kerala,” mentioned one other senior well being official. “Bengaluru, which witnesses heavy motion of individuals from these states, bore the brunt of the second wave. We don’t need to be caught off guard forward of a potential third wave.”
Bengaluru reported round 15,000 instances within the first week of June. At present, its weekly tally is 2,750, with the each day Covid depend being within the vary of 400-450. Total, town has recorded greater than 12.2 lakh instances and 15,873 deaths.
What about each day guests?
Numerous college students journey to Karnataka often. Contemplating this truth, the state authorities has made some adjustments to its new rule of manufacturing a detrimental RT-PCR report. Whereas ruling out a whole exemption for these each day travellers, the revised round says: “It’s necessary for college students and others visiting Karnataka each day for schooling or enterprise to endure an RT-PCR check as soon as in 15 days and possess the detrimental report.”