- COVID-19 test of tourists visiting Nainital and Mussoorie has been made compulsory
- At the moment, Uttarakhand has 5,934 active covid cases while the tally of confirmed cases till date, stands at 81,211
THoD Newsdesk, Uttarakhand: In an effort to curb the transmission of the deadly coronavirus, the Uttarakhand High Court has ordered mandatory COVID-19 test of tourists visiting Nainital and Mussoorie.
In an order dated December 9, the Acting Chief Justice, Ravi Kumar Malimath, and Justice Ravindra Maithani of the UK HC, stated that the tourists coming into the state to visit these two famous tourist towns will have to be tested for the virus at the time of entry. The order to make the COVID-19 RT-PCR test compulsory once again, comes ahead of Christmas and New Year holidays when a substantial influx of tourists is expected in Nainital and Mussoorie.
COVID-19 cases have surged in Uttarakhand after the compulsory requirement for tourists to produce a negative RT-PCR report while entering the state was junked in September, to boost tourism.
Earlier, even Maharashtra put a similar rule in place, which states that visitors coming in from Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan and Goa, will have to submit a COVID-19 negative report to the authorities at the railway stations and airport. The report has to be submitted to the authorities at the state borders, if a person is travelling via car.
At the moment, Uttarakhand has 5,934 active covid cases while the tally of confirmed cases till date, stands at 81,211 and the state has also observed 1,341 fatalities. 72,987 covid victims have recovered and as of December 11, 14,89,651 COVID-19 RT-PCR tests have been conducted.