COVID-19 Update: Uttarakhand might make COVID-19 negative report mandatory for those visiting from high-risk zone

COVID-19 Update: Uttarakhand might make COVID-19 negative report mandatory for those visiting from high-risk zone

Given the rising number of Coronavirus positive cases in the country, the Uttarakhand government is planning to make COVID-19 report mandatory for those visiting the state from high risk regions such as Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat said, “If the infections continue to rise, we will make Covid-19-negative reports mandatory for people of states like Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.”

He further said that they will identify all the destinations in the state, which are witnessing a hike in the number of Coronavirus cases. If needed, containment zones will be also made. As of now, there won’t be a complete lockdown in the state.

“As for the upcoming Char Dham Yatra, people coming from high-risk states can be asked to show their Covid-19 negative reports (taken not before 72 hours of arrival). The arrangements in this regard are being made,” he added.

Rawat said there was confusion among the people earlier over the format of the grand religious congregation, the Kumbha Mela, but he had clarified things. “Soon after taking charge, I made things crystal clear. Everyone can come for Kumbh but all the guidelines will have to be followed,” he added.

The CM also said that as of now, health, reverse migration and tourism are his top priorities. “Not long ago, the new Covid-19 cases had reduced greatly in the state but they have increased again. Thus, we need to remain alert and follow all guidelines. A total of 138 new ambulances have been approved. Also, efforts are on to complete the medical colleges of Rudrapur, Haridwar and Pithoragarh at the earliest.”

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