HC asks Odisha to do RT-PCR test of migrants before entry

Bhubaneswar, May 7 (IANS) The Orissa High Court, here on Thursday, directed the state government to conduct RT-PCR tests of migrant workers before allowing them to enter the state.
All migrants, waiting to return to Odisha, should test Covid-19 negative before departing for the state, it said while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL), filed by Narayan Chandra Jena.
The court asked the state government to do the RT-PCR (Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) tests of Odia migrants in the states they were stranded, Jena said.
The state government will bear the RT-PCR test expenses.
Thousands of Odia migrants have started arriving. They are being kept in 14-day quarantine.
The Covid-19 cases increased to 206 in the state.
–IANS
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