Returnees to ensure physical distancing while deboarding: State govt

Bengaluru, Aug 8 (IANS): Even as the Karnataka government issued revised guidelines for returnees, Health and Family Welfare Department Additional Chief Secretary Jawaid Akhtar said on Saturday that travellers from abroad would have to maintain a physical distance of two metres while deboarding in the state.

Akhtar said the revised guidelines had been issued due to the evolving coronavirus situation. He asked such returnees to submit self-declaration forms on 'Yatri Karnataka' online portal at least 72 hours before their travel dates.

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He said business and short-term travellers with negative RT-PCR test reports shall be exempted from quarantine.

"Such passengers shall also submit declarations with respect to the authenticity of their test reports and will be liable for criminal prosecution if these are found otherwise," Akhtar said.

The negative test report must be submitted upon arrival at the point of entry, which can be an airport or a seaport in Karnataka.

Likewise, only asymptomatic travellers will be allowed to board flights after passing through thermal screening.

"All passengers shall download Aarogya Setu, Quarantine Watch and Apthamitra apps on their mobile devices," he said.

Giving another option to those who cannot submit self-declaration forms on the 'Yatri Karnataka' portal, he said such passengers can fill in duplicate forms aboard the flights or ships and submit the same to health or immigration officials present at the seaports or airports.

"Alternatively, such travellers may submit self-declaration forms on the online portal on arrival," he said.

All arriving passengers will be screened at the health counters for symptoms such as fever, cough, cold, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, weakness, body ache, diarrhoea, and breathing difficulty.

At the point of entry, passengers will be checked for self-reporting form verification, thermal scanning, pulse oximeter reading, and verifying if they have downloaded the required apps.

All passengers will be categorised as symptomatic or asymptomatic on arrival for further action as per the health protocols.

Asymptomatic passengers will be sent in home quarantine for a fortnight while symptomatic cases will be home-quarantined or shifted to hospitals.

"Passengers who have landed in other states but will travel to Karnataka shall undergo rapid antigen testing after reaching their respective districts," the health official said.

Similarly, international travellers hailing from other states but landing in Karnataka will be allowed to travel to their home states if found asymptomatic.

"Students writing exams in Karnataka shall be exempted from home quarantine if tested negative in rapid antigen testing (RAT) or carrying negative RT-PCR test reports, which should have been done within 96 hours prior to undertaking of the journey," Akhtar added.

Likewise, passengers would be charged Rs 700 per RAT test and Rs 2,000 per RT-PCR test.

On Friday, Karnataka had registered 6,670 new coronavirus cases, raising the state's tally to 1.64 lakh.





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  • Mohammed Azaruddin Moodbidri, Doha- Qatar

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    India namma ooru @shankar eir ithe distance malthaondu ijji y communalism ????

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Eer poora namma urudariye. I accept.
    But Dohadu thojavuna discipline urugu bannaga daaye bittu barthiri? Avlu paasada timudu pidayi ubyuvara?

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Mukuleg pidayi urudu doora doora unthudu can wait for their turn.
    Indiagu bathi pettige amasara!! Vaa rule follow malperla aapuji!!!

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  • Jacy, Mangalore

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    In piday Urud all follow discipline and one is sure your term will come, however it is not the same in Urud as urudakalu only follows discipline in school in font of teacher. . As someone rightly said in one of the comments if keep 6 feet distance another 3 will join the distance space and the one kept distance wii remains there in the que only

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  • I wish I was There, Bahrain

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    How many times are you'll going to remind us, we are not kids.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    These guidelines physical distancing by State government is good and essential to prevent the spreading of Covid-19 which has already gone higher and higher day by day. But some people are least bothered of the seriousness of this deadly disease.

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  • Save my India, India .

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Both Central and Karnataka govt. are annoying returning NRIs, while fleecing them left and right without any fear.
    I have never seen such mean attitude of the govt., and (some) fellow citizens of India, in this time of crisis.
    Are NRIs humans? Do NRIs have any rights in their own motherland??
    What arrangements are done in Karnataka to rehabilitate returning NRIs??
    Indian policies have made it even more difficult for NRIs opting to live or leave Middle Eastern countries as well.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    People coming from abroad are already Harassed.
    Please show them some Sympathy in India ...

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  • Sylvester, shirwa

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    More than sympathy they need empathy

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  • Nayan, Udupi

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    But they are asking red carpet welcome. With free food, porter, lodge. This is arrogance

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Nayan, Udupi
    Who told you all this ...

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  • Save my India, India.

    Sat, Aug 8 2020

    Do not forget, even in this distressful situation, returning NRIs are forced to shell out from their pocket to return home and bear the ill treatment at the hand of the govt., and greedy locals as well.

    Read the news in the Indian media if you know nothing on the topic.

    Your comment clearly proves utter ignorance on the matter.

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