Amid concerns of the Delta Plus variants detected in neighbouring states, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday announced the extension of the statewide curfew till July 5.
“The Government of Goa has decided to extend the State Level Curfew till 7 AM, July 05, 2021,” Sawant announced on social media platform Twitter.
The Government of Goa has decided to extend the State Level Curfew till 7 AM, July 05, 2021.
— Dr. Pramod Sawant (@DrPramodPSawant) June 26, 2021
Sawant today said that testing has been ramped up near the state borders as a precaution in wake of the detection of the Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 in Maharashtra and Karnataka.
The Chief Minister told reporters at the Keri-Sattari border near Karnataka that private laboratories have been asked to set up testing facilities as a precaution against the new variant of the novel coronavirus.
“We have stepped up monitoring at all the borders after (cases of) the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 was reported in the neighbouring state,” he said, according to news agency PTI.
Sawant further said that if any individual entering Goa is found infected with Covid-19, s/he is either kept in an isolation facility or admitted to the hospital.
“People entering Goa might face a little inconvenience but there is no option. This has been done to ensure the safety of the people against COVID-19,” the CM said.
While bordering Maharashtra has reported 21 cases of the new Delta Plus variant of the Covid-19 virus, Goa has not reported a single case of the strain yet.
Goa reported 235 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, taking the state’s caseload to 1,65,883, the health department bulletin said.
The death toll reached 3,032 after five patients succumbed to the deadly infection in the past 24 hours.
The active caseload in Goa now stands at 2,604.