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Karnataka makes negative COVID-19 test mandatory for inter state travellers

“We have imposed restrictions, especially in the border districts such as Belagavi, Bidar, Bidar, Kalaburagi, Anekal in Bengaluru (bordering Tamil Nadu) and near Mangaluru (bordering Kerala),” added Bommai.

Less than 10,000 new cases were reported in Karnataka on June 8. (Source: PTI File)

New Delhi: Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday *May 22) said that a negative COVID-19 test will be mandatory for people coming outside from the state. “We have barricaded not only major roads but also the minor ones as was done last time,” he told reporters here.

“We have imposed restrictions, especially in the border districts such as Belagavi, Bidar, Bidar, Kalaburagi, Anekal in Bengaluru (bordering Tamil Nadu) and near Mangaluru (bordering Kerala),” added Bommai.

The Home Minister also said that he had imposed the guidelines of the Union government for a negative COVID report.

Bommai said that he had directed all bordering districts authorities to strictly impose COVID-19 restrictions.

Meanwhile, Bengaluru police commissioner Kamal Pant in a tweet said, “Please cooperate with @BlrCityPolice in implementing the lockdown guidelines. Let us beat #COVID19 together. Stay Home. Stay Safe!”

The announcement comes a day after Chief Minister BS Yeediyurappa extended the COVID-10 lockdown inn the state from May 24 to June 7.

Karnataka had announced the lockdown for April 27 for 14 days which has been extended now to June.

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On Saturday, the state reported 32,218 fresh COVID cases and 353 related fatalities while there were 5,14,238 active cases.

Meanwhile, India recorded 2,57,299 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and 4,194 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The total number of COVID-19 cases stand at 2,62,89,290.

With inputs from PTI

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