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RT-PCR report must for entry to Uttar Pradesh from high caseload states, Health News, ET HealthWorld

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LUCKNOW: Ramping up preventive measures, the state government on Sunday made RT-PCR negative report mandatory for people coming from states with more than 3% positivity rate.

The report should not be more than four-day old. People who have been administered both the doses of vaccine will be exempted from the condition.

The decision was taken during the meeting of Team-9 presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The rule will not only be applicable to people coming by air, rail and road but also to those using private vehicles.

The development came a day after the UP government announced suspension of the proposed ‘Kanwar Yatra’ following a call by Kanwar association in the wake of pandemic. The CM said the community should take decisions on issues pertaining to faith. “The feeling of Kanwar association should be respected,” he added.

The decision to make RT-PCR report mandatory comes amid high positivity rate in some cities of Maharashtra and Kerala. According to reports, Kolhapur, Satara, Sangli, Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri, Buldhana, Pune (rural), Palghar and Raigadh have recorded test positivity rate higher than 4.5%. Likewise, the positivity rate in Kerala has been hovering around 10%.

Yogi directed the officials to ensure contact tracing and testing of people coming from states with high positivity rate. He said these people should be subjected to antigen test and thermal scanning on arrival in UP. According to officials, the state is determined not to lower the guard as it gears up for a possible third wave of coronavirus pandemic, which is said to affect the children.

In the last 24 hours, UP recorded 56 new Covid-19 cases, while 69 recovered from the infection. The state recorded 1,262 active cases, which was down from 1,339 recorded a day ago. The positivity rate in the state is 0.02%, while the recovery rate is 98.6%. The state conducted testing of more than 2.54 lakh samples.

According to the state health department, no new case was detected in another seven districts – Aligarh, Chitrakoot, Hathras, Kasganj, Mahoba, Shamli and Shravasti – taking the total number of such districts to 47. The CM also pitched for scaling up of the vaccination process. More than 4.03 crore doses of vaccine have been administered.

The CM also pressed for associating the health workers with ‘Health ATMs’, a one-stop digital touch-point integrated machine designed to diagnose all chronic disease, delivering primary care and diagnostics, in CHCs and PHCs.

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