Karnataka relaxes restrictions on Kerala border due to mounting protests
Thalappady (Kasaragod): Karnataka has temporarily withdrawn the restrictions imposed on Kerala borders as part of COVID preventive measures. The rule making COVID negative certificate mandatory was relaxed following intense protests.
In view of the increasing COVID cases in Kerala, Karnataka had decided that people coming from Kerala should be allowed to enter the state only if they have RT-PCR negative certificate issued before 72 hours.
The decision was about to be implemented from Monday onwards, but was later delayed till Tuesday due to mounting protests and considering the difficulties of the passengers. However, Karnataka suggested on Tuesday that the COVID negative certificate is not needed temporarily. They also put forward some new directions.
Karnataka will set up facilities for antigen tests in all major roads including Thalappady national highway. They have decided to allow passengers to continue journey after collecting samples at the antigen testing centres.
The students who travel from Kerala to Karnataka need not give samples on the border check points. The facility for testing will be arranged at their colleges. Karnataka relaxed the rules following intense protest from various political parties and the locals.