Maha makes Covid-ve report must for travellers

NEW DELHI: Domestic travellers — whether by air or train — going from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa to Maharashtra from November 25 will require a Covid negative report. Air travellers will need to get the Covid test done within 72 hours of their flight and train passengers should get the test within 96 hours of their arrival in Maharashtra.
The Maharashtra government on Monday issued new rules given the rampant spread of Covid in some states, especially Delhi.
“All domestic passengers travelling from airports in Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa shall carry RT PCR negative test report with them before boarding and show it to the teams at arrival airport. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is requested to check for the report before allowing the passengers to board the flight,” the standard operating procedure (SOP) to prevent the spread of Covid in Maharashtra say.
“The RT-PCR sample collection should have been done within 72 hours of scheduled time of landing at Airports (in Maha 3) Passengers not having the RT-PCR test reports fulfilling conditions… shall compulsorily undergo RT-PCR test at the concerned airports, at their own cost. The airport shall arrange the testing centres and charge the passengers directly for testing. Only after undertaking the test, the passengers will be allowed to go home by airport Operator,” the SOP says.
“The contact information and address shall be collected from all passengers who undergo tests at airport by airport operator to facilitate contact, in case the test report comes positive. Passengers whose report comes positive will be contacted and treated as per existing protocol. The concerned Municipal Commissioners will be the Nodal Officers for the same and ensure that the above instructions are followed strictly.”
For train passengers, the SOP says: “All passengers travelling to Maharashtra by trains originating or having halt/stop at stations in the NCR of Delhi, States of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa shall carry with them RT-PCR negative test report before they decide to enter Maharashtra. The RT-PCR sample collection should have been done within 96 hours before the scheduled arrival in Maharashtra.”
‘Passengers not having the RT-PCR test negative report shall be screened for symptoms and body temperature at the alighting railway stations. The passengers without symptoms would be allowed to go home.”
Train passengers who display symptoms shall be segregated and made to undergo Antigen Test. If the Antigen test becomes negative, the passengers will be allowed to go home. 6) Passengers not testing/found Covid positive, shall be sent to Covid Care Centre (CCC) for further care. The cost of further care including CCC shall be borne by the passenger themselves.
For those coming by road from these four states, Maharashtra will check them “for symptoms including body temperature.”
“The passengers without symptoms will be allowed entry. Passengers with symptoms shall have the option of turning back and go to their home to recuperate. Passengers who display symptoms shall be segregated and made to undergo antigen test. If the antigen test comes negative, the passengers will be allowed to travel further into Maharashtra. Passengers not testing/found Covid positive shall be sent to Covid Care Centre (CCC) for further care. The cost of further care including CCC shall be borne by the passenger themselves,” the SOP says.

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