The Himachal Pradesh government on Sunday has made it mandatory for people coming from seven states who have seen an increase in coronovirus cases to show COVID-19 negative test report upon entering the state.
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that people visiting from Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh would have to take a negative RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hours while visiting Himachal Pradesh from April 16. .
He made the announcement while chairing a meeting with senior officials to review the coronovirus situation in the state.
Shri Thakur said that it has been decided to investigate the spread of COVID-19 in the state and an advisory will be issued soon in this regard.
The Himachal Pradesh government has already closed all educational institutions till 21 April and restricted the gathering to 50 people indoors and for a maximum of 200 in marriage ceremonies.
In addition, only 50 people have been allowed to attend the funeral.
Expressing concern over the increase in COVID-19 cases in the last 45 days, the Chief Minister said that from February 23 to April 10, there were 10,691 new infections and 120 deaths in the state, bringing the tally to 69,114 and fatalities to 1,102. Has been given.
He said that the number of active cases has increased from 218 on 23 February to 5,223 on 10 April.
“The virus is now spreading more rapidly than last year and many school-going students were getting infected with the virus,” he said, appealing people to stick to the COVID protocol.
He said that devotees are allowed to visit temples in the state during the Navratri festival, but ‘Langar’, ‘Bhandare’ and ‘Jagran’ have been banned completely.
Shri Thakur said that COVID-19 cases have increased rapidly in the state as a result of slackness shown by the people.