As per a new notification by the state, Rajasthan has made it mandatory for its visitors from four states to provide their Negative COVID-19 reports to enter the State. In a statement from the office of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot informed that the negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test, also known as the RT-PCR report for COVID-19 is mandatory if you are a tourist coming from either of the following states namely,
- Madhya Pradesh, and
If you want entry in the State of Rajasthan, get a negative COVID-19 report.
The statement pointed to the rising COVID-19 cases in neighbouring states that encouraged the State administration to make this call of imposing such restrictions. The statement from the Office of CM also had a clause for School class till 5th standard and Anganwadi centres, wherein the state has imposed a closure on them till March 31 in view of rise in the number of cases.
Which are the States who need a COVID-19 negative RT-PCR test to enter Rajasthan?
- Madhya Pradesh, and
The other States which were already notified are:
- Maharashtra, and
CM Gehlot has urged people to take necessary precautions to prevent spreading of more infections. He reminded the Residents to follow health protocols such as wearing masks, maintaining proper distance, and frequent hand washing.
He also said that the negligence in following the COVID-19 protocols is a matter of serious concern. He directed the concerned departments to intensify awareness campaigns again in order to get things in line and prevent further spread of the virus within the State. Gehlot said that COVID -19 vaccination campaigns are going at a good pace but they need to be accelerated so that everyone can be vaccinated in a short time which in turn will help in controlling and in fact putting a stop at the spread.
The Health Minister of State, Raghu Sharma said that he has had conversations with the Centre to ensure proper supply of COVID vaccines.
He said that in view of Rajasthan’s good performance in comparison to other states of the country, Rajasthan has demanded higher doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the central government.
Rajasthan has a positive rate of 5.05%, recovery rate 98.66%, and active cases of 0.47% which is better than the national average.
Secretary (Medical and Health) Siddharth Mahajan said that the number of cases in the state touched down to 100 in February. He acknowledged that there has been an increase in the number of cases this month.