COVID-19: Goa govt to hold review meeting on Friday

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Panaji: The Goa government has called a review meeting of various departments on Friday in the wake of spike in COVID-19 in various countries and current peak tourist season going on in the coastal state.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told reporters on Thursday that a meeting of various departments have been called on Friday to discuss about the precautions that needs to be taken due to rising COVID-19 cases in other countries like China.

Sawant said that the meeting will take stock of the situation in Goa.

The state is currently witnessing high number of tourists due to Christmas and New Year celebrations.

State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Thursday evening took on to twitter to request citizens to adopt COVID-19 appropriate behaviour. Rane tweeted “In wake of a spike in COVID-19 cases in several countries, we request people to follow appropriate behaviour, including wearing masks and getting vaccinated against the virus if you haven’t.”

“We will also take guidance of the Chief Minister to ensure directed protocols are stringently followed in Goa. It is my humble request to the people to take infection prevention measures. Let us unitedly step up once again and fight COVID-19,” he said in another tweet.

Rane said “A review meeting with all the doctors & health officials will be taken to ensure everything is in place to tackle the virus. As we are a tourist state, all measures to build our surveillance system as per the guidelines of  @MoHFW_INDIA will be taken to ensure timely detection”.

As per State Health Department’s bulletin issued on Thursday, Goa has14 active cases of COVID-19. One person was tested positive on Thursday taking the number of positive cases found till date to 259062.

No one succumbed to the infection on Thursday but total 4013 people have died due to COVID-19 infection in the state till date, the Health department said.

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