Dharamshala, April 11 -- A reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) negative report will be mandatory for those visiting Himachal Pradesh from seven high-caseload states after April 16, said chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Sunday.

Those visiting the hill-state from Punjab, Delhi, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh must furnish a Covid negative report not older than 72 hours.

"Tourists have not been banned from visiting the state. However, hotel owners and tourists must strictly adhere to standard operating procedures (SoPs)," said the CM.

Thakur, who was presiding over a meeting of state officials to review the situation due to a sharp spike in virus cases, emphasising on testing, tracing and ...