Kerala HC urges Karnataka to avoid blocking patients, regular commuters

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Kochi: The Kerala High Court has asked Karnataka to lift the travel restrictions for patients and regular commuters from Kerala. The court appealed to the neighbouring state to avoid blocking passengers including patients and students at the Kerala-Karnataka border. The High Court issued an interim order regarding this here on Tuesday while considering two Public Interest Litigation.

The High Court intervened in the issue after vehicles from Kerala were blocked in the Kerala-Karnataka border over COVID spread in Kerala.

The court pointed out that as per the COVID Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), vehicles carrying patients should not be blocked. Patients in private vehicles should be allowed to enter Karnataka if they hold necessary documents.

The HC also urged the Karnataka government to lift the travel ban for regular commuters and students from Kerala.

“People who are travelling to Karnataka regularly for job and education should not be restricted from entering the state. The travel restrictions amid pandemic should not trouble the daily passengers,” the court ordered.

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