- Karnataka makes it mandatory for travellers arriving from Punjab and Chandigarh to produce negative Covid-19 test report
UPDATED ON MAR 22, 2021 06:15 PM IST
Karnataka on Monday made it mandatory for travellers arriving from Punjab and Chandigarh to produce negative Covid-19 test report. This comes at a time when Karnataka health minister Dr K Sudhakar said the second wave of Covid-19 has begun and sought people’s cooperation to contain the virus.
Punjab is among the state which have been red-flagged by the Centre over the spread of Covid-19. The Union health ministry said that Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh account for 80.5 per cent of the total new cases registered in the last 24 hours.
There was no let-up in the surge in Covid-19 cases in Punjab with the state recording 2,669 fresh infections, maximum this year so far, and 44 more fatalities on Sunday, according to state government’s medical bulletin.
“We are at the beginning of the second wave of coronavirus. Let us all join hands to control it because the next three months are crucial for us,” Sudhakar told media. He said he would discuss the Covid-19 situation and measures to be taken with Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa.
Sudhakar said that the government is strictly screening the incoming travellers from high case load states of Maharashtra and Kerala. If there is no negative RT-PCR test, they are subjected to test at the border. Increasing penalty for not wearing mask is also being discussed. Apart from that, the government has been saying that more people should come forward to get the vaccine.
Karnataka is also seeking Home Ministry’s support in enforcing strict screening at borders. However, the state government is not looking at semi-lockdown or lockdown at the moment.
Last week, Karnataka has seen coronavirus cases crossing the 1000-mark. Yesterday, 1700 cases were reported in the state. Manipal Institute of technology from Udupi is the second biggest cluster with over 300 students testing Covid-19 positive. Most of those testing positive are from high rise apartments. Yediyurappa too had appealed to the people to exercise caution as coronavirus cases is on the rise at an alarming proportion.