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All 1,225 swabs tested at Talapady were negative for Covid

For travelers from Kerala, the Dakshina Kannada district has increased surveillance at all interstate borders and made RT-PCR negative reports mandatory. On Monday, the district government opened a testing site near the border in Talapady, where 1,225 interstate passengers provided samples. However, as per records filed with the health department, none of the Kerala passengers tested positive for COVID-19.

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Following the discovery of the new variation of Omicron, the district sent police and health department personnel to inspect commuters and provide testing if they did not have RT-PCR negative data. The health department also began RT-PCR testing at the Bantwal taluk boundary on Tuesday. In the previous three days, more than 100 tests were done on interstate travelers at the Bantwal border, but no positive instances were found. The health department continues to conduct stringent border monitoring as directed by the state government, as per DHO.

Following the discovery of the new variation of Omicron, the district sent police and health department personnel to inspect commuters and provide testing if they did not have RT-PCR negative data. The health department also began RT-PCR testing at the Bantwal taluk boundary on Tuesday. In the previous three days, more than 100 tests were done on interstate travelers at the Bantwal border, but no positive instances were found. The health department continues to conduct stringent border monitoring as directed by the state government, as per DHO.

At present, police and health staff are posted at Talapady 24 hours a day, seven days a week, in three shifts. All visitors from Kerala must present an RT-PCR negative certificate that is no more than 72 hours old. RT-PCR testing should be performed once every 14 days for Kasaragod commuters. Those without an RT-PCR negative certificate will be subjected to a test at the checkpoint.

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