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Goa CM criticizes SOPs of Maharashtra Government over COVID-19

Panjim: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday criticised the new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) announced by the Maharashtra Government on November 23, 2020.

Speaking to reporters at State Secretariat at Porvorim after attending a video conference with Prime Minister along with Chief Ministers of other states, Dr Sawant said,”The Maharashtra SOPs say that even if the person is symptomatic, the person will be subjected to an antigen test. How can that work? If a person is symptomatic, the person will have to undergo an RT-PCR test. Only then can a person be successfully segregated or else it will be of no use.”

On November 23, 2020, Maharashtra government announced that testing of all persons travelling from Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Goa would be mandatory in the wake of surge in Covid 19 cases.

The Chief Minister said the conference with the Prime Minister was organised to review the Covid-19 situation in all states and to discuss the modalities of creating a nationwide distribution network for the Covid-19 mass vaccination programme.

Dr Sawant said the Prime Minister briefed all Chief Ministers about the Covid-19 scenario in the country, especially in view of the rising cases in Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerala and West Bengal.

“Cases are increasing in these states. Discussions were held on how this can be controlled. We discussed preliminary readiness for the vaccine (drive). Cold chain system will have to be maintained. The vaccine will be administered in two doses, second one being after four weeks,” he said.

Priority would be given to health workers and Covid warriors, followed by those who were aged 65 years in comorbid conditions and that could happen well after January, the Chief Minister said, adding the Prime Minister also discussed on distribution efforts to ensure vaccine reaches everywhere.

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