Pramod Sawant the Chief Minister of Goa on Tuesday said the state government will not make it mandatory for travelers to carry COVID-19 (RT-PCR) negative reports on their arrival at the airport.
“As of now there is no decision to be taken (regarding Covid-19 testing on arrival),” CM Sawant added.
It is important to mention that Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane had earlier told the media that he had ‘sent a file’ to the Chief Minister seeking that all arrivals into the state should either bring a negative certificate on arrival or be tested upon arrival in view of the increasing cases.
“On Monday there were 84 cases, before that there were 100. We should all take care of tourists coming to the state. We cannot once again close all economic activity. We have ramped up testing and am requesting all to maintain social distancing and use masks,” Sawant said.
“I am in constant touch with the Health Minister. For now, there is no decision to be taken (regarding testing on arrival) except that we will test on a bigger scale. Those who have signs and symptoms should get themselves tested and those who are eligible should get vaccinated,” Sawant said.
“There are several neighboring states such as Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka who have made it mandatory for people from Goa flying into those states to carry Covid-19 negative certificates, without which they don’t allow them entry into the states,” Rane had said on Monday.
“We need to make Covid-19 negative certificates mandatory for people from other states, which already have such restrictions in place. The trouble has started in these states. They have put us in trouble. I am personally in favor of testing at the airport and on arrival. The proposal will be put before the Chief Minister,” Rane said.
Goa has witnessed an uptick in cases and a rise in the number of active cases that now stand at 1017. The number of active cases was less than 700 a few weeks ago.
The state’s tourism industry had expressed apprehensions that any restriction on arrival to the state would further dampen the already weak enthusiasm for traveling.
(With Inputs from Hindustan Times)