The Maharashtra government on Monday made it mandatory for people coming from four states to carry a Covid-negative report. These four states – Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Goa – have been reporting high coronavirus numbers. The government order issued by Maharashtra chief secretary Sanjay Kumar outlines regulations pertaining to different modes of transport.

For those flying in, a RT-PCR test used to detect coronavirus should have been done within 72 hours of the scheduled time of landing at airports in Maharashtra. In case of a journey by train, the collection of RT-PCR samples should be done within 96 hours before the scheduled arrival in Maharashtra.

Those coming by road will have to undergo screening at border check-posts. “The people with symptoms will have to undergo antigen test. If found positive, the traveller will have get admitted to Covid centre by bearing the cost of treatment,” said the notification.

Union health ministry data showed that at least five persons died due to Covid-19 every hour on an average in Delhi in the last 24 hours, accounting for the largest chunk of such fatalities across the country.