In wake of Pan-India, upsurge of COVID 19 cases the state government has decided to conduct an extensive state-wide drive, against people violating face masks norms. Speaking to media persons in Panjim on Wednesday, Goa Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant said “I will direct the police and traffic department to slap fines if people don’t wear mask”.
He said that the state government will not restrict movement of traffic on borders , however hotel operators would compulsorily abide thermal scanning norms of their guests.
Dr. Sawant maintained that symptomatic guest would have to be referred to nearest Public Health Center for COVID 19 testing. He said that free COVID 19 testing for tourist coming to Goa would be increased.
“We are concerned about the figures yesterday, when Goa reported four (Covid-19 related) deaths and 94 positive cases. The risk is increasing in Goa. I appeal to Goans and tourists to wear masks and maintain social distancing in public places and wear masks,” Sawant said.
The reaction from the CM comes, hours later attending the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s COVID 19 review meeting.
Earlier this week, blaming Dr. Sawant in regards with boarder travel restrictions for the upsurge, Goa Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane washed off his hands from the issue.