Kerala, Maharashtra travellers sans certificate to quarantine in Bengaluru | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Those entering Bengaluru from Maharashtra and Kerala without a Covid-19 negative certificate will have to undergo testing on arrival and remain in institutional quarantine till they test negative.
“It is mandatory for travellers from these states to submit the RT-PCR negative report obtained within 72 hours. If the report is not submitted, then the healthcare team will swab them. The travellers will have to remain in institutional quarantine until the report is received,” BBMP chief commissioner Gaurav Gupta has said.
He was speaking at a coordination meeting held between BBMP and the police department on enforcement of Covid-appropriate behaviour. Noting that a large number of travellers from Kerala and Maharashtra are coming to the city, the chief commissioner said teams have been deployed at major bus stops and railway stations in this regard.
Bengaluru Urban deputy commissioner J Manjunath said the RT-PCR reports for those coming from Maharashtra and Kerala will be verified at checkposts. “If they are not carrying negative report, then they will be housed in Covid care centres or government hospitals until they are found negative,” Manjunath said.
BBMP administrator Rakesh Singh said RT-PCR negative reports are not needed for inter-district travellers entering Bengaluru. Karnataka saw 1,285 new Covid cases on Monday, of which 290 were from Bengaluru. Of the 25 Covid fatalities reported in the state, five were from Bengaluru.
“BBMP has been taking precautionary measures such as triage, contact tracing, isolation, and areas with three or more cases are made containment zones to stop the spread,” he said.
Singh said BBMP officers must work in coordination with police to raise awareness among people. “If citizens are found flouting the rules, even after raising awareness, they must be penalised and cases must be filed against them,” he said.
Gupta stressed the need to abide by the 10pm-5am curfew and said police cooperation is key. Awareness on norms must be raised through loudspeakers, he said. During the meeting, police commissioner Kamal Pant said those not following rules will be booked.

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