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COVID-19: Goa to test all international passengers upon arrival

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Panaji: The Goa government on Thursday said that they will be testing all the international passengers, including those from the non-high risk countries, on arrival at the state’s lone airport.

State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane tweeted “in view of the rising cases and as per the circular issued by Govt of Goa, we shall be testing all international passengers on arrival, travelling from high risk countries as well as non-high risk countries.”

“Earlier, we tested only two per cent of passengers travelling from non-high risk countries. However, the Govt of Goa has now taken a decision in public interest to test all international passengers. The govt has approved capping of Rapid RT PCR test at Rs 1500 until further review,” Rane said in a subsequent tweet.

Goa has reported one case of Omicron while the number of COVID-19 cases are on rise in the state. On Wednesday, the state reported 170 positive cases with positivity rate touching 5.25 per cent, which is a jump from Tuesday’s figure of 4.03 per cent. On Monday, the positivity was 3.99 per cent in the coastal state, which is currently witnessing New Year parties.

State government has already imposed curbs including compulsory double vaccination certificate or COVID-19 negative report to enter any public events.

The state has said that only 50 per cent of the seating capacity should be allowed in the casinos and other places like restaurants, pubs, entertainment parks and others.

 

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