COVID-19: Maharashtra Government Declares Six States, Including Delhi, As Places Of "Sensitive Origin" For Train Passengers

COVID-19: Maharashtra Government Declares Six States, Including Delhi, As Places Of "Sensitive Origin" For Train Passengers

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Maharashtra issued a standing operating procedure for passengers from the six states. (Representational)

Struggling to contain the huge COVID-19 surge, Maharashtra on Sunday declared six states, including the national capital and the NCR region, as the places of "sensitive origin" in a bid to stop the "influx of other variants of coronavirus" from other locations.

An order signed by Maharashtra chief secretary Sitaram Kunte has declared states of Kerala, Goa, Gujarat, Delhi and NCR region, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand as the places of "sensitive origin".

As per the order, passengers travelling to Maharashtra from the six states declared as the places of sensitive orgin will need a RT-PCR negative test within 48 hours of their train travel.

This decision has been taken to curb the transmission of coronavirus in Maharashtra and to "stop the influx of other COVID-19 virus variants into the state of Maharashtra from other locations," it said.

"These places will be considered the places of sensitive origin from the date of this order till the time it is retracted or till COVID-19 stays notified as a disaster," it stated.

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