Keeping in view of rising coronavirus cases in many places in India, the Delhi government has mandated for people from five states coming into the capital to produce negative COVID certificates. The directive will be implemented from Friday midnight until March 15.
These five states— Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab— have seen a spurt in coronavirus cases in the last few days, which has become a case of concern. Hence, Delhi has made it essential for those arriving from these states to carry a negative Covid test report from Friday, sources say.
People travelling to Delhi from these states by flights, trains or buses will have to show a negative RT-PCR test from Saturday to March 15. Those entering Delhi by road have been exempted.
According to sources the Delhi government came to this decision because in the past week, 86 per cent of the new virus cases have emerged from these states.
Officers in these states will have to verify Covid negative reports from tests taken up to 72 hours before the flight before allowing passengers to leave for Delhi.
The new rule will be in place from Friday midnight to March 15, 12 noon.
Among these states, Maharashtra and Kerala are the worst affected. They alone account for 75% of the country’s current active cases after a sudden rise in new infections in recent days. Maharashtra almost came to imposing another lockdown in the past few days.
On Tuesday, Maharashtra recorded the highest number of 5,210 new cases, followed by Kerala (2,212) and Tamil Nadu (449). Maharashtra reported 18 deaths, followed by Kerala with 16 and Punjab 15, said the health ministry.