Mumbai: Chhattisgarh government has made the COVID-19 test mandatory for all passengers entering the state at airports, railway stations, bus stands and inter-state borders, CM Bhupesh Baghel said on Sunday.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday reviewed the current status of coronavirus infection in 10 districts of the state, taking preventive measures and arrangements for the treatment of patients in a virtual meeting held at his residence office.
Baghel stated, “Due to the increase in COVID-19 caseloads, commuters from outside are tested at airports, railway stations, bus stands and inter-state borders. Testing to be done in rural areas as well,” said Baghel.
The CM said that in rural areas where more infection cases are coming up, arrangements should be made to conduct special campaigns to test every person, keep them separate and monitor them.
“Proper arrangements should be made to send migrants to isolation centres and hospitals,” Baghel said.
He further instructed senior officials of the Health Department to ensure that the availability of necessary medical equipment including test kits, oxygen cylinders, treatment drugs and essential medicines is constant. Medical staff should be recruited in all the districts as per the requirement.
Baghel further said black marketing of essential medicines should be strictly prohibited and strict action needs to be taken against those involved in such activities.
Chhattisgarh reported 12345 new COVID-19 cases and 170 related deaths in the last 24 hours. The state currently has 1,28,019 active coronavirus cases.