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Uttar Pradesh: Negative RT-PCR report mandatory for passengers from states with high positivity rates

The Uttar Pradesh government has made negative RT-PCR reports mandatory for people from states with high positivity rates to enter the state.

Passengers coming from states where the test positivity rate of coronavirus is more than 3 per cent will have to show negative RT-PCR reports.

This decision has been taken to keep the coronavirus cases under control in the state in the future.


The test report should not be more than four days old

The decision was taken at a meeting of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with nine top officials. According to the new guidelines, the negative RT-PCR report of passengers coming from states with a high positivity rate should not be more than four days old. These rules will apply to all passengers entering the state through air, road and rail routes. This rule will also apply to people entering the state through their private vehicles.

Instructions for conducting antigen test and thermal screening of passengers

Yogi also directed the officials to conduct rapid antigen tests and thermal screening of every passenger coming from states with high positivity rates in the meeting. He also asked for timely contact tracing of the infected. The Chief Minister has also been directed to implement the ‘Test, Track and Treat’ policy thoroughly in the entire state. Whether people who have had both doses of the vaccine will be exempted from the new rules is unclear.

Many other states have also imposed similar restrictions

Many other states have also imposed similar restrictions on passengers coming from states with high positivity rates. The states which still have high positivity rates include Kerala, Maharashtra and the states of the Northeast. These restrictions are imposed to prevent any more infectious or dangerous variants from entering the state. However, there is no clear data on how effective they prove to be.


What is the epidemic situation in Uttar Pradesh?

The situation worsened due to the second wave of corona infection in Uttar Pradesh has now improved. On Saturday, 81 new cases were reported here, and four patients died. At the peak of the wave, more than 38,000 new cases were reported in a single day. Totally 17.07 lakh people have been found infected in the state so far, and 22,715 patients have died.

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