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Impose certain restrictions, bed capacity is getting full: Vishwajit Rane on COVID-19 outbreak

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Panaji: With the bed capacities in the COVID-19 hospitals getting full, State health authorities have expressed the need for “certain restrictions in the state.”

State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane told reporters after chairing the meeting on experts’ committee that the bed capacities of state government run COVID-19 hospitals is getting full.

He said that the 200-bedded facility at South Goa Hospital in Margao is getting full, due to which there will be 300 more beds that would be added to it.

Rane said that the GMCH which is having 150-bedded capacity is also reaching to its optimum level.

The minister said that he would be meeting Chief Minister Pramod Sawant with the suggestions to have “certain restrictions” in the coastal state.

“Some sort of restrictions are must at this stage in the state to control COVID-19 spread, otherwise we should not be caught off the guard,” he said.

Defending the decision of the CM not to impose lockdown, Rane said that Sawant has to balance between rising covid-19 cases and the economic situation of the state.

“Today, as we speak we have more than 2057 active cases in the state. We have stressed that we need to increase the testing facilities further,” Rane said.

To increase the testing facilities, Rane said that the department will place order for three additional machines which will be installed at GMCH and both the district hospitals.

“We are targeting 2,500 to 3,000 tests per day so that we control the spread of the virus,” he said.

Rane said that the department will also increase the number of Medical Officers who would be posted at COVID-19 hospitals.

He said that there are around 30-40 new admissions in COVID-19 hospitals run by government on daily basis and the number is going to increase in the future.

“We should be ready with the infrastructure to cater the need,” he said.

Rane said that the state government will also put up Genomic testing laboratory so as to identify the strain. “We had sent samples for testing at National Institute of Virology, Pune to check the strains but we are yet to get the results. Hence, we have decided to put up facility in the state itself,” he said.

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