The RT-PCR reports appeared to be genuine and carried Aadhaar card details of the devotees carrying them.
Real Time Polymer Chain Reaction test (RT-PCR), which detects the viral genetic material (RNA), is considered more reliable than Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).
The rescheduled IPL will have RT-PCR testing every third day, instead of every fifth day during the last edition in the UAE.
The query was posed to the state government during hearing of a plea by a man who refuses to be vaccinated and has challenged the COVID guidelines.
The state government on Tuesday decided to do only RT-PCR tests in six districts where around 80% of the population have received at least first dose of vaccine.
The Maharashtra government later issued a statement mentioning that fresh rules of the Central government mandate a negative RT-PCR test report before arriving in India.
Police Commissioner N Shashikumar said seven persons were arrested on Wednesday at the Talapady inter-state border.
Apart from MLAs, RT-PCR tests will also be held for all the Assembly employees and its ministerial staff, as per a decision taken at a meeting chaired by Patro during the day.
The validation found the kit has 97.3% sensitivity and 100% specificity in Covid detection.
It further said the production capacity of COVID-19 testing kits has been substantially enhanced, "making India atmanirbhar (self-reliant)".
Karnataka government is spreading misinformation that Keralites are responsible for covid cases in the state, but data proves otherwise, says A K M Ashraf
States such as West Bengal (for travellers from Mumbai, Pune and Chennai), Karnataka, Goa and Chhattisgarh still ask for negative RT-PCR reports, irrespective of double vaccination status.
In its earlier order on August 6, the state government made mandatory a negative RT-PCR report or full vaccination for visiting temples in the state during 'Shrawan Ashtmi Navratras'.
However, a last-minute change was made even by keeping the health minister in the dark to sound it like a compulsory clause.
The Karnataka government’s decision to make RT-PCR test results mandatory for people from Kerala has upended the lives of those living on the state border.