The West Bengal government, in its latest guidelines issued on Wednesday, made negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test report mandatory for all passengers travelling from four states – Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Telangana.
“As per state govt guidelines passengers coming to #KolkataAirport from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala & Telangana must carry RT PCR negative test report conducted within 72 hours before departure (SIC),” the Kolkata airport tweeted from its official handle.
West Bengal on Tuesday recorded the highest single-day spike of 4,817 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, pushing the tally to 6,24,224, the health department said in a bulletin. The death toll also rose to 10,434 after 20 fresh fatalities were registered in the state.
Kolkata too registered a record one-day spike of 1,271 coronavirus cases, while North 24 Parganas district reported 1,134 casesi, the bulletin added. At least 2,278 patients recovered from the disease during the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured people to 5,84,740.
The state now has 29,050 active cases. Eleven fresh fatalities were reported from Kolkata, followed by four from North 24 Parganas, two each from Hooghly and Howrah districts and one in Paschim Bardhaman district, the bulletin said.
Out of the 20 deaths, 12 were due to comorbidities where COVID-19 was incidental. In the last 24 hours, 42,214 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in West Bengal.
Altogether 1,13,710 people were inoculated in West Bengal on Tuesday. Meanwhile, because of the surge in coronavirus cases in West Bengal, the state government decided to allow private organisations to conduct vaccination, and local civic bodies will assist them, an official said.
The government also decided to start a special inoculation drive in Kolkata from April 16. “On average, around 30,000 people will be vaccinated per day initially and it will be increased in phases,” he added.