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People entering the state will be charged for their COVID-19 tests

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Panaji: After recent spurt in the COVID-19 positive cases in Goa, the State Executive Committee (SEC), a body under disaster management, on Sunday decided to charge every person, entering the state, for his test.

The SEC led by State Chief Secretary Parimal Rai also took stock of the situation following rise in COVID-19 cases in the state.

“After the recent positive cases emerging amongst the travelers, the SEC decided that the practice of testing every incoming person needs to continue,” the state government spokesman said.

“The SEC discussed the issue of charging the people for the cost of testing,” he added.

“After deliberations, the SEC directed the inter-State Movement Cell of Goa to convey to the Railway and other authorities that  any traveller coming to Goa will have to go through Compulsory testing, a testing fee of Rs. 2,000 per person will be charged, except from those who are covered under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana or under any other exempted category like Government staff on duty etc, irrespective of mode of travel,” the spokesman added.

“The Director, Department of Information Technology informed that 17,085 people have moved out of the State and 2129 have entered since April 29, 2020,” he said.

The SEC also discussed about the evacuation of the foreigners who were stranded in the coastal state, which is a famous tourism spot.

The Nodal Officer (Foreigners) informed that as on May 14, 2020, 7352 foreigners have left Goa in 36 special ferry flights from the Goa Airport, he said.

 The spokesman said that the  SEC also directed the Inter-State Movement Cell to send bulk SMSs to all incoming travellers with an online link for filling up the Self Declaration Form  and ensure downloading of Arogya Setu app. Arrangements may also be made, if required, to make available these forms in paper format at the Railway Stations or in the train.

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