Karnataka mandates the requirement of negative RT-PCR reports from people who are coming from Kerala and Mumbai to prevent their population from contracting the ongoing delta variant of the novel coronavirus.

Special surveillance measures have been announced by the Karnataka state government, which also states that those coming from Kerala and Maharashtra, irrespective of their vaccination status, will have to produce the said certificate which is not older than 72 hours.

Thus, even those who are fully vaccinated, and are travelling from these two states, will not be required to carry RT-PCR negative certificate to enter the state. The amended rule will be applicable to any type of visitor entering the state via bus, train, flight or private vehicle.

Airlines flying from these two states to the state will need to ensure that they are issuing boarding passes only to those who have an RT-PCR negative certificate. Similarly, bus and railway operators plying on these routes will have to ensure that passengers have the necessary health certificates.

The reason for separating these states is that these neighboring states of Karnataka currently account for the majority of new coronavirus cases in the country.

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