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India: Negative RT-PCR test report mandatory for those arriving in Gujarat

Gujarat has announced that a negative RT-PCR test report will not be mandatory for those arriving in the state from 1st April.

The Gujarat government on Saturday announced that a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report will be mandatory for those arriving from all the other Indian states effective 1st April.

The state health department, in a notification, said:

The coronavirus infection rate is increasing in many states of the country. It is also seen that prevalence of COVID-19 is high among those who have travel history.

In view of this, those entering Gujarat from other states must have undergone RT-PCR test in the previous 72 hours and carry a negative report, it said.

The announcement comes as COVID-19 cases in the state hit a new high with 2,276 cases – its highest single-day rise in infections since the beginning of the pandemic last year.

Earlier, the government had made negative test report must only for those coming from neighbouring Maharashtra which has been worst hit by the pandemic.

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