Uttarakhand Makes Negative RT-PCR Report Must for Visitors from 12 States Ahead of Kumbh Mela

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The Uttarakhand government on Tuesday said that from April 1, travellers from Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan will be mandated to carry negative RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours.

According to a statement released by the chief minister’s office (CMO), the governor also directed authorities to increase coronavirus testing and vaccination efforts in the state to tackle the pandemic.

All regions in Uttarakhand experiencing a sharp increase in cases should be designated as containment and micro-containment areas, according to CM Tirath Singh Rawat, with particular attention paid to administering vaccine doses.

With just two days before the Kumbh Mela, the chief minister directed that special vaccination and RT-PCR testing campaigns be conducted at Haridwar’s bathing ghats.

The worst-affected districts are Dehradun, Haridwar, Nainital, and Udham Singh Nagar, which are contributing the most cases to the hill state’s daily Covid-19 tally.

A new Covid-19 cluster has emerged in Rishikesh, which is a five-star hotel. According to a Tehri Garhwal administration order, 76 people at the Taj Rishikesh Resort and Spa tested positive for the coronavirus disease, and the hotel has been closed for three days, the Hindustan Times reported.