In a bid to bring down the number of coronavirus cases in Sikkim, the state government has imposed new restrictions on passengers from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, and Karnataka.
Sikkim Govt. in a statement said that “Any person coming to Sikkim from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, and Karnataka has to carry a recent RT PCR negative (to be submitted within 72 hours of reaching Sikkim), a Rapid Antigen Test will not do.”
The decision has been taken due to the rise in mutant coronavirus cases.
A report in the media platform East Mojo states that the Health Department will send officials to Siliguri to check individuals coming from these states.
“When people reach Siliguri, it remains untapped as to where they are coming from. Hence, we will establish a mechanism for scrutiny of such people entering Sikkim. The same will be discussed with the Chief Secretary today,” said the Principal Secretary (Health) K Sreenavasansulu.
Similar restrictions will be prevalent at Sikkim’s Pakyong Airport, says the report. “We already have a medical team at Pakyong, but more importantly, SpiceJet Airlines has been taken into confidence to impose restrictions on individuals traveling to Sikkim without the RT PCR negative certificate. Those without the negative certificate will not be allowed to board the plane,” announced K Sreenavasansulu.