The government of Goa on Saturday decided to extend its state Level Curfew till July 5. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that the curfew will remain till 7 am of July 5.
Sawant also visited the Keri border checkpost to take stock of the mechanisms put up by the North Goa district administration to streamline entry of persons into the state. "Those who test positive are immediately sent to isolation centres. Only people who are Covid negative are allowed to proceed to their destination," Sawant told reporters.
Sawant also said that private labs had also been set up at all borders in order to test people entering the state on the spot
Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane too has urged the people of the state to get vaccinated, remain vigilant and maintain Covid-appropriate behaviour in anticipation of the third wave of the infection. "As we anticipate the third wave, I would like to assure the citizens that we have all the medical infrastructure in place to tackle it. However, it still remains our duty to follow Covid appropriate behaviour at all times. I also urge all the citizens to get themselves vaccinated," Rane said in a social media message.
The Goa government has already increased screening at the Goa-Maharashtra border in wake of several Delta plus Covid variant cases being detected in the neighbouring state.
Meanwhile, the state which has been away from tourists due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak since 2020 may open in few months but with a bundle of safety. According to Goa Ports Min Michael Lobo, the state shall wait till month of July and let number of cases go to zero.
The minister said that Goa will reopen for tourists but with proper screening. Laying down few protocols amid COVID-19, he said, tourists need to be fully vaccinated with both doses. Besides, the tourists will also have to submit negative RT-PCR report for the first three months after Goa reopens for tourism.