MANGALURU: With Kasaragod and northern parts of Kerala recording a spike in fresh cases, the Dakshina Kannada district administration has decided to ramp up testing from 2,000 to 4,000 a day.
Swab samples will be collected from those arriving from Kerala at all interstate border checkpoints. Border vigilance will be tightened to check the spread of the virus. Dr KV Rajendra, district deputy commissioner, said there will be no restrictions on travel, but insisted preventive measures will be in place.
“A task force has been set up at each entry point and they will monitor all commuters arriving in Dakshina Kannada from Kerala,” he said. “Daily commuters will have to produce RT-PCR negative certificates every 15 days. A report has been submitted to the government to approve additional requirements to ramp up testing, including appointment of lab technicians and data entry operators. A private firm already provides results on RT-PCR tests within 24 hours for those arriving at Mangalore International Airport.”
Dakshina Kannada health department has also decided to increase surveillance of guests checking in at hotels and students in educational institutions.
Dr Ashok H, nodal officer for Covid-19, said RT-PCR negative certificates have been made mandatory for all travellers from Kerala and Maharashtra while checking in at hotels. Camps have been set up in colleges to collect swabs from students from Kerala every 15 days.