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RT-PCR negative report mandatory for passengers arriving in Bengaluru from any state: Minister

RT-PCR negative report mandatory for passengers arriving in Bengaluru from any state: Minister
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Bengaluru, Mar 25 (PTI) Passengers arriving from any

state to Bengaluru must be in possession of RT-PCR negative

report, Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister

K Sudhakar said on Thursday.

The Minister who held a meeting to review Covid-19

containment measures in the city, said it has been decided to

hand-stamp infected persons residing in Bruhat Bengaluru

Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits.

"Nearly 1,400 cases have been reported in Bengaluru (on

Wednesday), which is the highest in the last 4 months.

There is a spike in cases everyday. It is increasingly

found in passengers arriving in the city from other states,"

Sudkar said.

"As of now, restriction is for Maharashtra, Kerala,

Punjab and Chandigarh. But now going forward, it is applicable

to all states," he was quoted as saying by his office in a

release.

A restriction of 200 people for functions in closed

premises and 500 people for functions in open space premises

has been imposed, the Minister said adding every ward has been

provided with one ambulance.

It can also be increased depending on the number of

cases, he said.

"Certain places which have high footfall and dense public

places will be sanitized to control the spread. Information

regarding the availability of beds and ICUs will be made

available online.

People''s cooperation is crucial to make Namma (our)

Bengaluru Covid-free," he added.

Noting that it has been resolved to hand-stamp infected

people residing in BBMP limits, Sudhakar said even young and

asymptomatic persons can spread the infection if they go out.

To control such movements it is decided to stamp on hand.

Elections are not insulated from spreading infection and

it is important to restrict gatherings, he said and assured

that he would speak to Election Commission officials in this

regard.

"We have also requested film stars to join hands with the

government in this fight against Covid."

Bypolls to Belgaum Lok Sabha seat, and Basavakalyan and

Maski assembly segments will be held on April 17, and the

counting of votes will take place on May 2.

Highlighting that mutant virus has been reported in India

and it is found in 700 people so far, he said according to

experts it spreads faster than the original one, and therefore

it is requested to be careful for next 2 months.

"We are tracing out 20 contacts for each infected

person," he said, adding that the government has also spoken

to private hospitals to be on standby, though the cases are

not as huge as it was in the beginning, they have to be ready.

PTI KSU

ROH ROH


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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