Panaji: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday announced that the state will have hundred per cent lockdown from mid-night onwards till March 31 banning movement of the people.
Sawant said that both the district collectors will issue “curfew orders in the state till March 31.”
The chief minister said that there is not a single positive case of COVID-19 infection in the state but that does not mean there is no coronavirus in Goa.
He said that the coronavirus do exist in Goa but its infection has not been reported or it may not have been transmitted to any person.
“That is why we need to take utmost precaution. I request everyone to say indoor and abide by the instructions of the government,” he said.
Sawant said that from mid-night of Tuesday, there would be total lockdown in the state with the exception of services like Pharmacies and Hospitals.
Police have been given power under Epidemic Act to take stringent action against the violators, he said.
The chief minister said that there are few pharmaceutical companies who are allowed to function are banned from allowing employees from Maharashtra and Karnataka to work.
State has shut down the transport facilities in total while Nationalised Banks with ATM are permitted to function.
Sawant said that the hospital staff has been made separate transport arrangement to ferry them to their work.
“The staff of Electricity and Water department will be on duty,” he said.
“Everyone should support hundred per cent lock down. If we abide by it by March 31 then we will be safe,” the chief minister said.
“In case any information has to be given about COVID-19 CM office is working 24 by 7. We have formed team of 12 people. All the things would be monitored,” he added.
We have around 500 people home quarantined in the state, Sawant said adding that if anyone of them are found moving out, they will be kept in government run facilities.
About essential commodities, chief minister said that the collection centres of Goa Dairy will be open.
“Government is thinking about supply of essential commodities. In next two days, the plan would be worked out how to supply essential commodities,” he said.
As far as homeless are concerned, they will be kept in shelter homes under disaster management scheme, he said.
On the borders, the state is allowing vehicles with cattle feed, medicines and essential services.
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