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From April 1, RT-PCR negative certificate is mandatory for all out-of-state visitors to Bengaluru

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Even property owners will be booked if Covid norms for events are violated

BBMP will stamp all Covid-19 patients, even those in home isolation

BENGALURU:

After Bengaluru reported 1,400 Covid-positive cases on Wednesday, the state government and civic body BBMP have decided to make it mandatory for all visitors to Bengaluru city from all states to bring along an RT-PCR Covid- negative certificate.

The new rule will come into effect from April 1 and all visitors to Bengaluru will have to produce a Covid-negative certificate with a validity not later than 72 hours.

Health and Family Welfare minister Dr K Sudhakar announced the new rule on Thursday after reviewing the Covid situation. Clearly facing a second wave, Bengaluru reported 1,400 positive cases on Wednesday, the highest in the last 4 months.

Earlier, passengers travelling from neighbouring, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala had to comply with the rule, which was later extended to Punjab and Chandigarh.

“Bengaluru has seen the highest number of cases in the last 4 months on Wednesday, and this is an alarming situation for every citizen living in the city. Apart from the government taking strict measures to curb the spread of the virus, citizens also have an equal responsibility to join hands to control the spread of Covid. Hence, as part of strict measures, the state government has decided to make it mandatory for travellers from every state entering Bengaluru to bring an RT-PCR negative certificate, with effect from April 1,” Sudhakar said.

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This apart, restrictions will continue and BBMP marshalls will monitor the situation all over the city, including marriage functions, funerals, parties and other events. If the guidelines are seen to be violated, not only will the event organiser be penalised but the owner of the property will also be penalised and booked under the NDMA Act, Sudhakar added.

Hand stamping is back

In another important decision taken by the state government, Covid patients will have their hand stamped with immediate effect.

Sudhakar said, “Stamping of Covid-19 infected patients was being done in the previous year. We have decided to stamp such cases again as complaints have been received that they have been found roaming around in public. Even if they are in home isolation, they will be stamped.”

Apartments to monitor visitors

BBMP Commissioner N Manjunatha Prasad said the civic body has already tied up with all resident welfare associations and apartment welfare associations to help monitor visitors travelling from other states. If anyone fails to bring the RT-PCR negative certificate, the associations will inform the civic body accordingly.

“The apartment associations are the first contact points to keep a tab on every visitor who has come back from another state or country with an RT-PCR negative certificate. They will have to monitor the entire situation in their complexes,” the Commissioner said.

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