Karnataka tweaks entry rules as domestic returnees swell state's COVID tally

Karnataka tweaks entry rules as domestic returnees swell state's COVID tally
Amid rising Covid cases in Karnataka, the state government has tweaked its entry rules for different states yet again, mandating a week's institutional quarantine for people arriving from Maharashtra, said an official on Monday.

"Persons coming from Maharashtra shall be placed in 7-day institutional quarantine, followed by 7-day home quarantine," said Chief Secretary, T.M. Vijay Bhaskar.

Nowadays, most of the infections in this southern state are people coming from Maharashtra.

For people coming from Delhi or Tamil Nadu, another two Covid hotspots, three-day institutional quarantine has been prescribed.

"Persons coming from Delhi or Tamil Nadu shall be placed in 3-day institutional quarantine followed by 11-day home quarantine," said Bhaskar.


However, people coming from all other states, other than these three states will be placed under a fortnight's home quarantine.

"The registration on Seva Sindhu portal is mandatory for all persons coming in or transiting through Karnataka by providing correct information about their contact number and destination address," he said.

The Chief Secretary directed all transport operators such as airlines, railways and road transport companies to ensure that the passengers register on Seva Sindhu portal, specifying their mode of transport before embarking on the journey.

"Any violation of the quarantine norms or failure to register on Seva Sindhu portal or giving of incorrect information by the incoming persons or carrying of passengers by the transport companies without registration on the portal shall attract penal action," said Bhaskar.

He invoked Section 51 (b) of the Disaster Management Act 2005 and IPC Section 188.

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