Admin issues New COVID guidelines

The Ladakh administration has made ‘negative’ RT-PCR test reports mandatory for everyone entering the Union Territory as the coronavirus continued to claim new victims in the one of the most sparsely-populated regions in the country.

 

Besides, everyone arriving by air or road will also have to undergo rapid antigen tests even if they had undergone the mandatory RT-PCR test, not more 96 hours before reaching Ladakh. The fresh order, issued by Ladakh divisional commissioner Saugat Biswas, came after a former parliamentarian raised an alarm over a surge in COVID-19 cases in the rural areas.

On Friday, 121 new positive cases were reported in the region—97 from Leh and 24 from Kargil. With the death of one person from Covid in Leh on Friday, the total number of deaths in Ladakh has reached 173, out of which 125 are from Leh and 48 from Kargil.

Ladakh has a population density of just about five people per square kilometre as against the national average of more than 420/square kilometre. Political leader of the region have expressed concern that fast spread of the virus—coupled with aa slow pace of vaccination—could turn into a catastrophe for the region.