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Omicron: Goa govt’s expert committee recommends restrictions

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Panaji: The Goa government’s Experts’ Committee on COVID-19 on Monday recommended that the state should put certain restrictions to curb the spread of the virus, while night curfew should be mandated only if the number of cases go higher.

The state on Monday detected its first case of Omicron virus when eight year old boy from UK was detected positive.

The Experts’ committee headed by acting Dean of Goa Medical College and Hospital Dr J P Tiwari recommended to the state Task Force that restrictions should he imposed in the coastal state, which is currently abuzz with tourists ahead of New Year celebrations.

“It was recommended that the restrictions be imposed and only if the percentage of positive cases increase, then the government can think of imposing night curfew,” Dr Dhanesh Volvoikar, a member of Experts’ committee said.

He said that since the emergence of omicron, it was recommended that if the positivity crosses 3.5 per cent, then the night curfew should be imposed.

The committee also recommended that all the tourists checking in the hotel should provide their RTPCR negative certificate while checking on the state borders also should be more stringent, he said.

Valvoikar said that the committee members were unanimous in their view that people should have extreme covid appropriate behaviour even while enjoying their new year celebrations.

State government’s Task Force headed by chief minister Pramod Sawant would be meeting on Wednesday to take call on the recommendations of the Experts’ Committee, sources in the government said.

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