Tourism activities can only resume once everyone has been vaccinated against Covid-19: Goa CM | Latest India News
Pramod Sawant said Goa has made all preparations to deal with the possible third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
By hindustantimes.com | Written by Sharangee Dutta | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
POSTED JUNE 22, 2021 4:08 PM IST
Tourism activities can resume in the state after July 30, when the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine will be given to everyone, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Tuesday. “I think by now 60% of our population has already received their first dose. Our goal is to vaccinate 100% of people with their first dose by July 30, ”Promod Sawant told ANI news agency.
Sawant, while talking about a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic, said the Goa government has made all the preparations and has also appointed a committee of doctors. “Based on their suggestions, we started everything regarding infrastructure, equipment and manpower training. The working group under my chairmanship gives its approval for everything, ”he said, quoting the ANI.
He further said the state had set up camps in every gram panchayat and in every municipality for the third phase of the national Covid-19 vaccination campaign.
Sawant’s remarks come after the state government told the High Court on Monday that any investigation into Covid-19 deaths due to the alleged oxygen shortage at Goa Medical College and Hospital in May would demoralize doctors , nurses and other front-line workers. “Medical staff and bureaucrats should not be subjected to such treatment on behalf of PIL (public interest litigation),” said Advocate General Devidas Pangam.
In particular, India launched the universal vaccination campaign against Covid-19 on Monday in which the Center will distribute free vaccines to states and Union territories for those under 18-45 years of age. As many as 8.6 million doses of the vaccine were administered on Monday – the highest single-day vaccination ever achieved in the world to date – the Union Health Ministry said in a statement.
In its revised Covid-19 vaccination policy, the Center purchases and provides 75% of the total vaccine doses free of charge to the states and territories of the Union. More than 293.5 million doses of vaccine have been distributed to date, “through the Indian government (free channel) and through the direct state procurement category,” the health ministry added.
Goa has reported 202 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the state’s number of active cases to 3,066, according to official data. Seven deaths brought the state’s death toll to 2,997, the data showed. The total number of recoveries climbed to 158,591, of which 413 were recorded in the past 24 hours.