Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday ruled out any further lockdown in the state amidst rising COVID-19 cases.
Sawant said that the need of hour is to restart economic activity in the State, which would not be possible, if lockdown is imposed in the state.
“The lockdown which was imposed initially was to create awareness and educate people about coronavirus. That phase has passed now,” the chief minister told in an interview to Goa Doordarshan on Friday.
He said that the lockdown served its cause and people were aware about this new virus.
“At present, there are cases reported across all the talukas. The lockdown will serve no purpose,” he commented.
The chief minister said that the process of unlocking has started and the priority should be given to restarting of economic activity in the state.
Sawant said that the state has adequate infrastructure to treat COVID-19 patients and soon the treatment through plasma therapy would begin.
“We will be appealing people who have recovered from COVID-19 to give their plasma. We will be procuring the machine for the same. The plasma therapy treatment will start soon,” he said.
Sawant said that the people should prepare themselves to live with the norms like social distancing and wearing of masks for next at least six months.
He said that though Goa has been detecting hundred new cases every day, the recovery rate is almost 50 per cent.
“We have established 250 bedded covid hospital and if require we can set up another such facility. We have 1500 beds in various covidcare centres which can be increased by another 1,000,” he said.
Responding to a question, Sawant said that BJP MLA who is currently being treated in ESI hospital after testing positive, will recover in next three days.