The health department observed through contact tracing that several of the infected people last week came from Maharashtra.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 16:06

The Gujarat government has made it mandatory to people coming from neighbouring Maharashtra to carry a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report not older than 72 hours. This decision has been taken in view of a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, the state government said. In an order issued on Tuesday, the state health department observed that contact tracing of COVID-19 cases found in Gujarat over the last one week revealed that a large number of the infected people had returned from Maharashtra.

People entering Gujarat from Maharashtra will also have to undergo a mandatory screening, it said. "Only those will be eligible to enter Gujarat from Maharashtra who have got their RT-PCR test done within 72 hours of their visit and their test result is negative," said the order issued by Deputy Secretary, Health department, Vanrajsinh Padhiyar.

As per the Maharashtra health department, the cumulative caseload in the state stood at 25,33,026 on March 23 when the state added 28,699 new infections in a day. "Contact tracing of coronavirus positive cases found in Gujarat over the last one week revealed that a large number of cases are of the people who have returned from Maharashtra and those who got in contact with such people," the health department said.

Surat Municipal Corporation had earlier made it mandatory for people coming to that city from other states to remain in home isolation for seven days.

Gujarat on Tuesday reported its highest single-day rise of 1,730 fresh cases, taking the overall count to 2,90,679.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has made it mandatory for those entering the state from Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab and Chandigarh to carry a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test report with them. The report must not be older than 72 hours, and the rule applies to all those travelling by flight, train, bus and road. On Sunday, Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said that a second wave of COVID-19 has hit the state. 

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