You don't need a Covid negative report to enter Karnataka

You don't need a Covid negative report to enter Karnataka
People argue with police personnel at a COVID-19 vaccination centre after vaccine shortage, at Mallathahalli in Bengaluru.( PTI Photo)
The government of Karnataka has done away with the need for a COVID-19 negative report after an RT-PCR test for people coming into the state from Maharashtra and Kerala.

However, if the person travelling shows any symptoms, the authorities might ask for a COVID-19 negative report.
"As per ICMR's advisory about COVID-19 testing in the second wave and considering the current situation, it is now instructed to stop the process of verifying RT-PCR negative test reports for individuals arriving from Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab and Chandigarh,” said the circular issued by Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary to the Karnataka government.

The rule has been done away with despite the state having over half a million active cases of COVID-19 infections. On Friday, the southern state reported 48,000 new cases after the lockdown has been extended to May 24.

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