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Karnataka government exempts compulsory RT-PCR testing for UK, Europe and Middle East passengers

However, passengers arriving from Brazil and South Africa should continue to provide their samples at the airport entry points and wait for the test results.

Karnataka government exempts compulsory RT-PCR testing for UK, Europe and Middle East passengers-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Aug 25, 2021, 12:56 PM IST
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As the coronavirus cases decline, the Karnataka government relaxed restrictions and issued fresh guidelines and exempted RT-PCR testing of travellers arriving from the UK, Europe, and Middle East at airports in the state.

The passengers from these countries can provide the samples and leave airports for further compliance according to the standard operating procedures.

However, passengers arriving from Brazil and South Africa should continue to provide their samples at the airport entry points and wait for the test results.

They can leave the airport only on testing negative, stated a circular following recommendation from the State’s COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee and guidelines from the Centre.

Meanwhile, no other changes were announced to the existing standard operating procedure (SOP).

he government also said that strict telemonitoring of the passengers should be ensured and this protocol should periodically be reviewed in relevance to the Covid-19 situation in the state.

Earlier, the government had mandated a RT-PCR test at the airport for passengers arriving from the UK, Europe and the Middle East irrespective of a negative test report they carried with them. The government had said that the move was aimed at reducing the risk of the entry of variants of the disease into the state.

The government will also strictly telemonitor passengers and this protocol will be periodically reviewed in relevance to the Covid-19 situation in the state.

Earlier, the state government mandated a RT-PCR test at the airport for all passengers arriving from the UK, Europe and the Middle East irrespective of a negative test report they carried with them. The government had said that the move was aimed at reducing the risk of the entry of variants of the disease into the state.

Karnataka registered 1,259 coronavirus cases and logged the lowest number of Covid-19 deaths at 10, since the second wave hit the state in March this year, with Bengaluru recording zero Covid-19 deaths.

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