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In view of the spike in Covid-19 cases, the Tamil Nadu Health and Family Welfare Department have issued fresh travel guidelines for domestic and international passengers. E-pass is mandatory for all international passengers and domestic travellers, except those from neighbouring states of Puducherry, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The move comes in the wake of a spurt in coronavirus cases in states like Maharashtra and Kerala, even as Tamil Nadu has been witnessing an increase in the number of new infections over the past few days.

A Government Order to this effect was issued recently by the Health and Family Welfare Department.

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Travellers visiting the state after generating an e-pass allow the government to trace them or their contacts if they had tested Covid-19 positive during their stay in Tamil Nadu.

According to the latest order, an auto e-pass is mandatory for all international and domestic passengers from other states and union territories. However, those from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Puducherry were exempted.

Last year, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tamil Nadu government had allowed only those with an e-pass to take up inter-district and inter-state travel, though the norms were relaxed later. State Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan recently expressed concern over laxity in wearing masks among people and the trend of formation of COVID-19 clusters after people attended weddings or funerals.

On Sunday, Tamil Nadu continued to witness an upward trend in its daily tally with 567 new cases being reported, pushing the gross to 8.55 lakh.

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