Hand stamping makes a comeback in Bengaluru, Health Minister says ‘Youth don’t isolate themselves’

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Bengaluru: Amid the rising cases of coronavirus in the city, the  Department of Health and Family Welfare and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have now decided to bring the home quarantine hand stamps back. 

All the people coming into Bengaluru, irrespective of the origin of their state, will now have to produce a Covid-19 negative test report which should not be older than 72 hours. This will come into force from April 1. 

Reports suggest that all these decisions were taken during a high-level meeting of the BBMP officials and the health department. The meeting that was held on Thursday was chaired by Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar. 

Sudhakar said that it has been found that most of the coronavirus infected people in the city have travel history from other states. Therefore, all inter-state travellers will now have to show a Covid-19 negative report upon arrival in Bengaluru. However, as of now, this new rule applies just to Bengaluru and not to other districts of Karnataka. 

On bringing back the hand stamping rule, Sudhakar told the media that most of the infected youth have been moving out and about despite being told to isolate at home. Therefore, the government has now decided to stamp the hands of the Covid-19 infected people. 

Updated: March 27, 2021 — 2:33 pm

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