The government of Karnataka has issued new guidelines for people arriving in neighboring Maharashtra state, due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. The latest standards, however, only apply to those who intend to stay in Karnataka for a very short time: two days or less.
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“Special surveillance measures for arrivals from Mumbai and Maharashtra,” the Karnataka health department tweeted on Monday, listing any guidelines to be followed by those arriving from the western state, if any.
Here’s all you need to know:
(1.) Only asymptomatic travelers will be allowed to enter Karnataka, which means they should not have symptoms like fever, cough, cold, sore throat, difficulty breathing, etc. In addition, before embarking in the mode of transport, they will have to give a self-declaration of being asymptomatic.
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(2.) On arrival, they will still undergo a mandatory thermal screening for fever. They will also be asked to produce a valid return ticket as proof of the short stay.
(3.) Passengers are required to carry their Covid-19 vaccination certificate to show that they have received both (fully vaccinated) doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.
(4.) Visitors will wear face masks and follow appropriate Covid-19 (CAB) behavior throughout their stay in Karnataka.
(5.) Those who comply with the above guidelines may be exempted from filing a negative RT-PCR test report.
(6.) The decree applies to arrivals by all modes of transport, including rail, road and air.
(7.) The new set of rules was released due to the “slightly higher” daily workload and test positivity rate in Maharashtra compared to Karnataka, the order said, although it did also noted that the situation has ‘improved considerably’ in both states.
(8.) On Monday, Karnataka recorded 283 new infections and six deaths, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 2,990,235, including 38,118 related deaths. Maharashtra, meanwhile, recorded 751 new cases and 15 deaths. Its overall workload is 6,618,347, including a toll of 140,403.