Delhi makes negative COVID-19 report mandatory for travellers arriving from five states

People arriving from Maharashtra Kerala, Chhattisgarh, MP and Punjab will have to show a negative RT-PCR test from 27 February to 15 March

Press Trust of India February 24, 2021 12:13:08 IST
Delhi makes negative COVID-19 report mandatory for travellers arriving from five states

Maharashtra and Kerala alone account for 75% of the country's current active cases after a sudden rise in new infections in recent days. AP

New Delhi: Travellers from five states, including Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab, will have to show negative COVID-19 test report before entering the National Capital, officials said on Wednesday amid a spike in coronavirus infections in some states.

They said an official order will be issued later in the day and it will be effective till 15 March.

The issue had also been discussed in a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Monday.

The requirement of the negative COVID-19 test report is likely to be implemented from 27 February, officials said.

Maharashtra is showing a daily surge in COVID-19 cases, according to an official of the Union health ministry. Kerala is showing an incremental decline, but the daily cases in absolute numbers is still high over there. Punjab, with its daily increase in cases, is also a cause of worry.

Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are also showing an increase in daily cases, the central official had said on Tuesday.

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