Lucknow: With a rise in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra and Kerala, Uttar Pradesh will make it mandatory for those coming from these states to go for COVID-19 test.

Persons coming from Maharashtra and Kerala and landing at airports, railway stations and bus stations would be tested through rapid antigen method even if they are non-symptomatic. Those showing flu-like symptoms will have to give their samples for RT-PCR test.

UP Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad in a letter on Friday informed that Uttar Pradesh is likely to tighten restrictions, may make COVID-19 test mandatory for passengers arriving from Maharashtra and Kerala.

Prasad suggested that an antigen test must be made mandatory for all passengers arriving from these states. If found symptomatic, then the passenger must undergo an RT-PCR test.

The symptomatic persons, even if they are found Covid-19 negative in the RT-PCR test, will have to serve one-week quarantine either at their homes or at a health facility. Details of such persons will be notified to the domicile district for tracking purposes.

“All passengers arriving in the state via rail routes shall follow the same protocol. The government will get information about passengers coming by rail route or via buses etc. from the concerned transport authority and will monitor and test the passengers as per the requirement,” mentioned the letter.

“Instructions issued to place promotional material in all districts with the contact number of Chief Medical Officer and District Surveillance Unit,” read the letter in Hindi.

Inputs with Agencies