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Goa to adopt curbs like Maharashtra on arrivals from Delhi, says health minister Vishwajit Rane

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Goa’s government will adopt protocols similar to those in Maharashtra for flights and trains from Delhi, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said on Saturday amid fears that a second wave of Covid-19 cases could emerge in the state. following increased movement.

However, Rane, who earlier this week had said there was no need to test or bar people especially from Delhi, changed course after holding an “emergency meeting”.

“In view of the increase in Covid-19 cases in Delhi, the Goa government will adopt standard operating procedures for [the] Government of Maharashtra and other state governments for flights and trains from Delhi. The Secretary of Health will have an emergency meeting on the protocols for people coming from the state of Delhi, ”Rane said.

“With the end of Chhath Puja, a large number of migrant workers will start arriving in the state. In view of the same, a note was sent to the Secretary of Health for immediate deliberations on protocols for workers, SOPs for Industries and for the state regarding the tests, ”said Rane.

Earlier this week, Rane had said that “as long as the state had the capacity to treat patients,” there would be no need to impose restrictions on people coming from Delhi. Instead, he suggested that hotels reserve some rooms to isolate tourists who might develop symptoms or if they test positive.

Maharashtra, which is the state hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, said it was considering banning flights and trains from Delhi as the capital has started to witness what some say is a third wave of coronavirus cases.

“We are also bringing in new SOPs, so each hotel will now have to have some isolation rooms. They need to maintain those rooms. Suppose you have some guests, who turn positive, it is your responsibility to isolate them, ”Rane said, speaking Wednesday.

Goa is registering between 100-150 Covid-19 cases a day, up from 500-700 cases a few months ago, but has seen an influx of tourists during the month of November when the state reopened in an attempt to revive the economy. dependent on tourism.

More than 46,000 people have contracted the disease in the state so far, while 672 people have succumbed to the viral infection.

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