The Karnataka government has made a COVID-19 negative RT-PCR certificate not older than 72 hours or a vaccination certificate of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine compulsory for train passengers coming to the state from Maharashtra, informed South Western Railway on Tuesday.
“The government of Karnataka on June has taken special surveillance measure to contain the surge of COVID-19 has issued circular that negative RT-PCT certificate not older than 72 hours or vaccination certificate of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine shall be compulsorily produced by the passengers coming to Karnataka from Maharashtra,” the government said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday said that relaxations related to COVID-19 restrictions in the state will be discussed with experts and Cabinet members will be announced after July 5. As per the Union Health Minister, Karnataka reported 3,450 fresh COVID-19 cases, 5,933 discharges, and 93 deaths on Tuesday.
There is the exemption for negative RT-PCR for those who took the first dose of vaccine, constitutional functionaries and healthcare professionals, children below two years, and in a dire emergency situation.
In case of a dire emergency, the passenger’s swab should be collected on arrival in Karnataka with necessary details like phone number and address ‘duly verifying from their ID,’ the order said.