With Himachal Pradesh figuring among eight states and Union Territories where reproduction number, a key metric measuring how fast the Covid 19 pandemic is spreading, rising beyond 1, the hill state has again made negative RT-PCR report mandatory for tourists to check coronavirus spread.
On Wednesday, an advisory in this regard was issued by the disaster management cell of the Revenue Department in view of rising coronavirus cases in Himachal Pradesh. As per reports reaching here, an RT-PCR negative report not older than 72 hours should be carried by those visiting Himachal Pradesh for tourism to check Covid19 surge. However, those carrying Covid 19 vaccine certificates, one or both jabs, will be allowed to enter the state. These restrictions will remain in force till further orders.
Notably, after the easing of relaxations from the first week of July, coronavirus cases have again started increasing in Himachal Pradesh. The Himachal Government has also admitted that there has been a surge in Covid 19 cases due to the alleged irresponsible behaviour, especially in public transport and at gatherings.
Himachal Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday said some restrictions were likely to be put in place and the final decision would be taken on August 9.
It has also been made clear that the RT-PCR report would be mandatory only for tourists and not for locals
The total active cases in the state, which had dipped to 800, have again crossed 1,400 with almost 200 new cases being added daily.