Air passengers from Delhi and four other states will have to carry Covid-negative certificates, not older than 72 hours, to enter West Bengal from April 26, the state government has informed the centre.
The poll-bound state had reported 1,274 coronavirus cases on April 1. However, just three weeks later, its daily Covid-figure crossed the 10,000-mark. On Friday, the state reported highest-ever 12,876 coronavirus cases. A day before, it had logged 11,948 cases.
Bengal currently has over 74,700 active cases.
In a letter to the Civil Aviation Department, the Bengal government wrote that passengers from Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh – all badly hit the coronavirus pandemic’s second wave – will have to produce a negative RT-PCR test report to travel to the state.
The rule already exists for passengers from worst-hit Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Telangana.