Bengaluru, Sep 24: Karnataka saw further decline in the COVID-19 cases from 319 on Friday to 275 on Saturday, taking the total infections to 40,63,427 so far, the State Health Department said.

There was no death due to COVID today.

The department said in its bulletin that 241 people were discharged, taking the total number of recoveries to 40,20,052 till date. Active cases stood at 3,095.

Bengaluru urban district saw 132 fresh cases.

Other districts, too, reported new fresh cases, there were 36 in Kodagu,17 each in Mysuru and Ramanagara and 10 in Chikkaballapura.

The bulletin said seven districts reported zero infections and nil fatalities.

The positivity rate for the day was 1.3 per cent, the department said.

As many as 21,130 tests were conducted, those included 15,974 RT-PCR tests. The total tests done were 6.91 crore till date.

There were 22,094 inoculations, taking the total vaccinated to 11.99 crore so far, the department said.

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Dubai: Dubai travel authorities have tightened entry guidelines for visit visa holders stressing on the necessity of carrying essential documents and funds.

According to tourism agencies interviewed by Khaleej Times, travelers on Dubai visit visas are now required to possess Dh3,000 (67,947.75 Indian Rupee)in cash, a valid return ticket, and proof of accommodation.

Firoz Maliyakkal, founder and CEO of Tahira Tours and Travels, spoke on the significance of these requirements and stated that travelers must ensure they have a valid visa, a passport with at least six months' validity, and a confirmed return ticket. Additionally, they must carry sufficient funds equivalent to Dh3,000, along with proof of accommodation in the UAE, which can be in the form of a relative's or friend’s residence or a hotel booking.

While this regulation has been in place for some time, recent enforcement measures aim to enhance monitoring and compliance among travelers. Libin Varghese from Rooh Travel and Tourism said that stringent checks at airports aim to prevent overstaying and promote transparency within the tourism sector.

Instances of travelers encountering difficulties due to non-compliance have surfaced. Abin S, a tourist arriving from Cochin International Airport, was unable to provide sufficient proof of accommodation and had to endure a four-day wait at the airport before returning to his hometown. Similarly, Indian tourist Abhishek was denied boarding at Cochin International Airport for failing to meet the documentation requirements, resulting in financial losses and the need to rebook his flight to Dubai.