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Quarantine Rules Revised For Returnees To Karnataka

Karnataka government has revised quarantine rules for people returning from abroad to the state. The official statement stated: “All travelers shall submit self-declaration form on the Yatri Karnataka online portal least 72 hours before the scheduled date of travel.”

The revised guidelines set by the Karnataka Government for international returnees 

According to the guidelines, a self-declaration form must be submitted on the Yatri Karnataka online portal by all travelers at least 72 hours before the scheduled date of travel. Business or short-term travelers with a negative RT-PCR report are exempted from quarantine rules. But concerning the authenticity of the test, all travelers need to fill a self-declaration form. The self-declaration form shall be checked from each passenger in duplicate.

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All passengers must download the Aarogya Setu app, Quarantine watch app, and Apthamitra app on their mobile phones. According to the statement of the state government, travel agencies will provide the Before Boarding Do’s and Don’t’s about the Covid-19 quarantine, testing, etc along with the ticket to the travelers. Only asymptomatic travelers are permitted to board after the thermal screening at the time of boarding flight or ship. At boarding, all measures for physical distancing and provision of hand sanitizers shall be ensured. During boarding, all possible measures for physical distancing and provision of hand sanitizers shall be ensured.

For all symptomatic passengers will be sent to Covid-19 health centers for testing. Three swabs are taken –  one nasopharyngeal swab for Rapid antigen test (RAT) and two swabs, throat and nasopharyngeal — for RT-PCR test. If the result of RAT is positive, those people will be sent home for isolation or will be shifted to Covid-19 hospital. For those who test negative have to take the RT-PCR test. If the result of this test is negative, they are advised to quarantine at home for 14 days, but if the test is found positive, they will be shifted to a Covid-19 hospital.

Flood situation in the state has also been assessed

Further, the Chief Minister, B.S Yediyurappa, spoke to the Chief Secretary over the phone and discussed the flood situation in the state. The Chief Secretary is instructed to proceed with emergency measures without his approval. Guidelines have been issued for the police to follow during duty by the Bangalore city police commissioner considering the rise in Covid-19 cases among polices.

Karnataka has confirmed 7,178 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, being the biggest single-day spike so far. The deteriorating situation of the health crisis in the southern state was indicated by the breaching of the 7,000 marks. The overall tally stands at 1,72,101 cases, out of which 79,765 are active. The capital, Bengaluru, was the major reason for the spike in the state, which recorded 2,665 new cases in 24 hours until 5 pm on Saturday. Also, the death toll in the state has gone up to 3,091 cases with 93 more virus-related fatalities was recorded. 

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