Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Friday ruled out another lockdown in the state, and said that since Unlock 2.0 has started in the country, Goans must take all precautions to protect themselves. He said that sealing the borders of the state won’t improve the situation since 80% of those who’ve entered are Goans, including seafarers and those working elsewhere.
Speaking to reporters, Sawant said that Covid-19 is here to stay for at least another six months, and that Goa needs to welcome tourists who follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) established to enter the state.
He said that the novel coronavirus is a new virus, and that research is on in India and worldwide. “Indian scientists are making efforts to find a vaccine by August 15,” he said. “Looking at the prevailing conditions, we will have to use face masks, hand sanitisers and maintain social distancing for at least the next six months.”
Meanwhile, Sawant said that Goa’s Covid-19 recovery rate is over 50%.
Sawant also said that the government would commence plasma therapy on patients from next week. “Around 50 persons who have recovered from Covid-19 are willing to give their plasma,” he said. “I am certain many others would also be ready to provide plasma.” As of Friday, 1,347 persons have recovered from Covid-19 in the state.