Positivity rate 21%, Goa bans outdoor gatherings on 100 people

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday announced that in the peak poll season, Goa will have to limit public gatherings and gatherings in open spaces to no more than 100 people, as Goa witnessed the highest increase in a day. COVID-19 Since the third wave of the pandemic that began on 28 December.

On Friday, the test positivity rate in Goa stood at 21.72 per cent, as the number of active cases in the state rose to 5,931. Of the new 1,432 cases, 14 patients were hospitalized, while 418 were isolated at home.

Sawant on Friday said the restrictions imposed by the state government would continue till January 26. “We have issued an additional circular under the Epidemic Act, 1987 and we are adding that public gathering for auditoriums should be limited to 50 per cent. and a maximum of 100 people for open positions. No gathering, public meeting in open places can have more than 100 people.

“We have seen that the spread is rapid in crowded places and these restrictions are there to control the spread. We have instructed all departments not to allow crowds to gather so that we can control the positivity rate,” Sawant said.

He said that there will be no night curfew but more than 100 people will not be allowed to gather in open places both during night and day.

Goa on Thursday BJP The President said that the party has postponed all its public meetings and will campaign only door-to-door in view of the rising Kovid-19 infection in the state.

The state government had already announced the closure of schools and colleges. new years eve celebration, it had ordered on December 29, 2021 that restaurants, pubs, bars should allow entry only to those guests who have been fully vaccinated or who have masks and thermals apart from following COVID-19 protocols. There is a negative test report in addition to following the screening. ,

The government had issued an order limiting the operation of casinos, cinema halls, auditoria, community halls, river cruises, water parks and amusement parks to 50 per cent of their capacity. The December 29 order said that “the number of COVID-19 cases being reported in Goa is on the rise, and the situation may worsen if public gatherings and active interactions are allowed unrestricted.”

Meanwhile, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane announced that a genome sequencing machine would be installed at the Goa Medical College and Hospital in the state on January 15. Till now, samples of testing Covid positive cases were being sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune. It took almost a fortnight for the genome sequencing and results to come out. “The genome sequencing facility will enable health services to conduct tests in the state and get results faster,” Rane said.