You need to carry a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report to enter Bengaluru
Amidst rising COVID cases, Bengaluru has made it compulsory to carry a negative RT-PCR test report. This move comes after the city recorded 1,400 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, its highest daily figure in the last four months.
The Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar announced on Thursday that 1st April onwards, anyone who wants to visit Bengaluru from outside Karnataka will need to show a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test report.
Dr. K Sudhakar also said that they have decided to hand-stamp infected people, so as to distinguish those people exposed to the coronavirus.
So, if you are someone from outside Karnataka and want to enter Bengaluru city for whatever reason, then you need to carry a negative COVID-19 test report from 1st April.
“With cases likely to increase further in the coming days and after observing that over 60% of cases in Bengaluru comprise interstate travelers, everyone will have to possess an RT-PCR negative report from April 1,” Sudhakar said.
This rule is applicable to everyone, including the permanent residents of Bengaluru, if they want to enter the city but have been to other cities outside Karnataka.
As of now, only the people entering Karnataka from the states of Maharashtra, Kerala, and Punjab were asked to show their negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test report. But now, everyone has to furnish their negative test report.
Apart from this new rule, to curb the spread of coronavirus, Dr. Sudhakar said that only 200 people can gather for social functions in closed premises as permitted by the state government. For open lawns, the limit is set at 500 guests.
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