New Delhi: Amid the surge of COVID cases in five states in India, the Delhi Government on Wednesday decided to make it essential for those arriving from Maharashtra, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab to carry a negative Covid test report from Friday.  Those travelling to the national capital from these five states will have to show a negative RT-PCR test, and this rule will apply for those entering Delhi in trains, planes and buses, news agency ANI said. News agency PTI cited officials as saying that an order will be issued later in the day and it will be effective till March 15. The order is likely to be implemented from Friday night, they said. Also Read - Over 56 Suburban Trains Cancelled in West Bengal After 90 Drivers, Guards Test Covid Positive

According to PTI, the issue was discussed in a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Monday. This comes after a sudden rise in the covid cases, majorly from the five states. Officers in these states will be asked to verify Covid negative reports from tests taken up to 72 hours before the flight before allowing passengers to leave for Delhi. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Imposes Weekend Lockdown Across State Amid COVID Spike

In Tuesday, Maharashtra recorded the highest number of 5,210 new cases, followed by Kerala (2,212) and Tamil Nadu (449). Maharashtra reported 18 deaths, followed by Kerala with 16 and Punjab 15, said the health ministry. Also Read - Total Lockdown or Section 144? Karnataka Govt to Take Final Decision Today Amid Rising COVID Cases