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Steps suggested by PM are already in place in Goa: CM

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant  on Thursday said the majority of the anti-COVID measures suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the chief ministers through video conferencing are already in place in the state.

Addressing media persons on Thursday, the Chief Minister informed that the Prime Minister on Thursday guided the chief ministers on  fighting coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“The measures like setting up of a COVID hospital and a pathological lab  in each state have been already implemented in Goa,” he explained.

The Prime Minister sought suggestions from the states on  more measures for combating the COVID-19 in the country. The suggestions  will be sent to the Centre soon by the state  government, the Chief Minister said.

“The Prime Minister spoke to the Chief Ministers of only those states, which  have  seen a substantial  number of COVID-19 cases. Comparatively, there are fewer cases in Goa. So, I did not speak to the PM,” he said.

Sawant said that Modi has also suggested that ‘health surveillance’ should be conducted across the state so as to identify the people who are suffering from flu-like symptoms.

He said that if coronavirus cases are more in a particular village then   borders of that village will  be sealed.

As advised by the Prime Minister, the state will constitute an economy revival team to review economic situation of Goa during the prevalence of the COVID crisis, Sawant said.

“The central government is ready to airlift seafarers stranded in various countries. The Prime Minister  has  directed all Indian embassies in foreign countries to prepare a list of the seafarers,” he added.

Sawant urged the people to eschew chicken, whose ‘import’ has been banned owing to  bird flu.

Reiterating that there are enough food stock in Goa, he said,  “Today 253 trucks carrying vegetables have entered  the state.”

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