RT-PCR test mandatory for passengers arriving from South

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Africa, Brazil Bengaluru,Feb 16 (PTI) The Karnataka government on Tuesday made it mandatory for passengers arriving from South Africa and Brazil to the state to undergo RT-PCR tests and 14 days quarantine in view of two more variants of COVID-19 being identified in these countries.

Samples of those in institutional quarantine would be sent to National Institure of Mental Health and Neurosciences here for genome sequencing, a health department release said.

The RT-PCR test should be done by passengers on arrival at Bengaluru Airport, irrespective of whether they had a negative certifcate for the test before boarding the flights.

After 14 days of quarantine, the patient would be discharged, subject to two samples tested through RT-PCR, taken 24 hours apart, turning negative, it said.

The government had earlier made it mandatory for all passengers coming from the U.K., where a new strain of the virus was detected, to get the RT-PCR test done on arrival.

The release said all international passengers arriving in Karnataka, irrespective of their COVID vaccination status, should follow the government guidelines on producing the RT- PCR negative certificate. PTI GMS APR ADMINISTRATOR APR ADMINISTRATOR