Karnataka (SunstarTV Bureau): Karnataka government has made compulsory negative COVID19 RT-PCR test, issued within 72 hours before departure for all the passengers travelling from international destinations to Karnataka.
Otherwise, they will be subjected to mandatory RT-PCR test on arrival at the airport, informed Air India Express.
Earlier today, Karnataka government has announced to impose night curfew across the state from 24th December, 2020 to January 2nd, 2021.
Karnataka became the second state after Maharashtra to announce a new set of restrictions in wake of the new corona virus strain discovered in the UK.
This time night curfew will be in force between 11 pm to 5 am but midnight mass will be allowed.
What is this new coronavirus?
According to the reports, this new virus is the result of multiple mutations in the spike protein of the novel Corona virus SARS-CoV-2, as well as mutations in other genomic regions of the RNA virus.
This N501Y identified an area of the spike protein that binds to a key protein in the human cell, the ACE2 receptor.
However, the UK Ministry’s guidelines mandate that, if the genomic sequencing indicates the presence of new variant of SARS-CoV-2 then the patient will continue to remain in a separate isolation unit while necessary treatment as per the existing protocol will be given, the patient shall be tested on 14th day, after having tested positive in the initial test. In case the sample is found positive on 14th day, further sample may be taken until his two consecutive samples taken 24 hours apart are tested negative.
International travelers from the UK, who arrived in India from November 25 to December 8, will be contacted by District Surveillance Officers and advised to self-monitor their health. If anyone among them develops symptoms, they will be tested by RT PCR and standard follow-up action would be initiated.