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Goa CM rules out lockdown, to pronounce stringent measures to curb the virus

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Panaji: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday ruled out imposing lockdown in the state owing to the COVID-19 pandemic but said that the crucial decision to curb the virus would be taken during the high level meeting scheduled later during the day.

Chief minister has called for a high level meeting of the officials from Disaster Management and Medical fields at 5 pm on Wednesday.

“As PM has said the lockdown is the last solution. Lockdown will not control the virus. We have to initiate certain curbs to control the situation,” Sawant said.

He stated that the meeting scheduled in the evening will take firm steps to curb spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Sawant said that he met Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi on Tuesday and briefed him about the steps taken by the state to control the virus.

The chief minister said that the second wave is affecting people who are below 50 years of age, due to which everyone should take the vaccine, once it is open from May 01 onwards.

He said that the deaths are occurring in Goa because “patients arrive late to the hospital.” The chief minister also attributed more number of positive patients due to the increase in the COVID-19 tests conducted in the state.

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