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COVID19: Maharashtra to screen travellers from NCR, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat

Tuhin Guha Updated: November 23, 2020, 09:43 PM IST

The Maharastra government has announced a new measure in its Mission Begin Again to counter the COVID19 pandemic. In a move that seems to be in response to the jump in cases post the festive season rush, the Maharashtra government has announced that air, rail and road-bound travellers into the state from NCR, Rajasthan, Goa and Gujarat will have to either carry RT_PCR negative test reports or be screened at entry points into the state.

While air and rail passengers will have to carry a test report not older than 72 hours(air) or 96 hours(rail) from their time of departure, the state government has instructed all district collectors from the border districts of Maharashtra to ensure that individuals travelling by road from the four states undergo a symptom check, including temperature screening. Passengers not showing any signs of COVID19 will be allowed to proceed. Those who do show symptoms have the option of returning.

If symptomatic passenger chose to stay in Maharashtra they will be segregated and asked to undergo an antigen test. If this test shows the individual to not have been infected, they can continue on their journey. Those who are shown to be COVID-positive or refuse testing will be sent to a Covid Care Cente to recover. The cost of the treatment will be borne by the traveller.

This is the first COVID19 restriction being placed in Maharashtra since the first phase of lockdowns lifted. Representatives of the Maharashtra government have commented recently that the state will take a decision on measures to combat the rise in cases after the festive season and the impending cold weather in the next week or so.

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