Mumbai: State Government Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said on Wednesday that the Goa government is preparing a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for hotels during the current tourist season.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, Rane said that the coastal state would not seal its borders to keep tourists.
The minister said, “We are in the process of issuing guidelines for hotels, due to which it will be mandatory to reserve a room on their property as a segregation room.”
Any guest who tests positive for coronavirus, but is asymptomatic, can be placed in an isolation room on the hotel premises, he said.
Rane further said that continuous monitoring of patients in domestic isolation has brought down the COVID-19 mortality in the state.
“We do not meet respiratory patients at any stage, because we are monitoring their health in isolation of the home,” he said.
Referring to Aam Aadmi Party leader Raghav Chadha’s statement about poor health infrastructure in Goa, Rane offered a visit to the state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital to show the strong infrastructure put in place by the Goa government.
“People in Delhi have to pay for their treatment, while Goa is the only state that provides free treatment for COVID-19,” he said.