Opening up for tourism led to surge: Health Minister
PANJIM: In an interview with CNN International, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has blamed the opening of tourism last December and the following months without any restrictions, like checking for tourists’ COVID status, for the current pandemic situation in Goa where the number of daily cases and deaths are at all time record highs.
His comments are seen as criticism of the State government’s refusal to make it mandatory for tourists to be allowed entry only if they have a COVID negative certificate, something he had suggested in public repeatedly.
“Goa being the preferred destination, we had thousands of visitors coming to Goa. Opening of tourism without any restriction in December has led to the current situation in Goa. We have 51 per cent and above positivity which is highest in the country,” Rane said on Friday night.
“We had very few restrictions at that point of time….