New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Tweaking the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the people travelling to Goa, the state government has decided that it will conduct the mandatory COVID-19 tests on the people entering the state from today onwards.   

According to a report by Times of India, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said that people entering the state will not have to undergo the mandatory COVID-19 test as the state authorities have decided to go away with the procedure. He also said that the updated SOP will come into effect from June 10.

The decision was taken in view of the increased flow of people travelling to and from Goa after the Centre announced Unlock 1, easing restrictions of inter-state travel.      

The chief minister further stated that it getting difficult for the authorities to test all people due to the increasing number of cases, which have further resulted in backlogs of test reports. The chief minister said that around 2,500 test results are pending in the state, while almost 2000 tests are being conducted every day, which will continue. However, the government has decided to change the SOPs for arrivals, the CM added.

Pramod Sawant further stated that the people entering the state can opt for 14-day home quarantine and their movement will be monitored by the local volunteers, restricting their movement, so that they don’t meet new people during the period and increase the chances of rise in coronavirus cases.

The CM also said that people can opt for a paid quarantine in government facility if they don’t wish to go to their homes. For those who are entering the state for some days and do not wish to quarantine themselves, can opt for swab test by paying Rs 2,000.

However, the persons entering either from airports, railway stations and road checkpoints will have to undergo scanning and thermal screening. If found symptomatic, they will be compulsorily tested, the CM added. 

Posted By: Talib Khan