COVID surge in Kerala: Karanataka makes RT-PCR negative certificates mandatory to cross borders

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In wake of rising COVID cases in Kerala, the Karnataka government has made RT-PCR negative certificates mandatory for visitors to the state.

Each visit, however short or long, now requires this certificate and the test date needs to be not older than 72 hours from the day of the journey.

Hostels and colleges have been asked to maintain a list of students travelling to and from Kerala.

Students and teachers from Kerala will be subjected to RT-PCR tests once every 15 days.

They have also been advised to avoid unnecessary travel to Kerala.

Anyone not complying with the norms will be moved to a designated quarantine room in their respective residential facilities.

The State has also directed all colleges, hostels and home-stays to ramp up testing and surveillance activities.

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