Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said that the second designated COVID-19 hospital in the state had become operational.
Speaking to reporters, he said, ”The state’s second Covid hospital has started and 27 patients have been admitted there today. Currently, four private hospitals have also agreed to admit Covid patients in the state.”
Dr Sawant said the state government had got only Rs six crore from the Centre for Covid management efforts and the news doing the rounds that the state government had got Rs 1.5 lakh from the central government for every new Covid-19 cases registered in the state was false.
“Such fake news which is circulated by people with perverted minds only creates confusion. We have got only R. 6 crore from the Centre as of now. We are asking for more because of the number of cases which are coming to the fore in the state,” he said.
The Chief Minister the state was witnessing increased number of COVID-19 cases as there was high testing ratio in the state.
“We are conducting the highest amount of testing in the country at 90,000 persons per million. Delhi is second with 65,000 per million,” he said.
So far the state there are 9,444 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa out of which 2,878 are still active while 86 persons have died due to infection.
The Chief Minister made a appeal for donations to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) and said the state government had tied up with an event management company for hosting an online charity music show to raise funds