No need of addition restrictions as all positive patients are ‘imported’, opines CM

Gomantak Times
Friday, 15 May 2020

The Chief Minister also informed that 147 suggestions have been received from citizens for economy revival and urged Goans to give their suggestions on Goaonline portal by May 20.

PANAJI: Chief Ministr Dr Pramod Sawant on Thursday said that there was no need for imposing additional restrictions in the State as all eight persons who tested positive for COVID-19 disease were ‘imported’ patients who had arrived in the State from other States. 
“There are no positive cases in Goa. All eight are imported cases,” he said.
He also added that the State government cannot impose restriction on transport as it will affect essential supplies, but the government will try to increase screening. Beaches are closed as of now and will continue to remain closed he added. 
The Chief Minister also informed that 147 suggestions have been received from citizens for economy revival and urged Goans to give their suggestions on Goaonline portal by May 20. A meeting of State Level Bankers Committee consisting of representatives of banks and members of the economic revival committee has been convened at 4 pm on Friday, May 15.  The meeting will discuss measures announced by the Union Finance Minister  to tide over disruptions caused by the coronavirus lockdown.
Sawant reiterated that the SSC and HSSC examinations conducted by the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education will be held as per schedule.
The government will appeal to the Union Railway Ministry to skip the Goa stop for passenger trains if possible. He expressed his concern that non-Goans who come to the State by train may not follow home quarantine guidelines. 
According to Sawant, more than 50 per cent of the persons booked on special trains to Goa are not local residents and the surge of visitors is a cause for worry.
He also said that he had spoken to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the Union Railway Minister about the surge of "outsiders" travelling to Goa in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It is a worry which we have expressed to the Union Home Minister and Union Railway Minister. They have said, that our concern will be studied and a decision will be taken," Sawant said.
18,253 stranded Goans wants to come back to the State
Around 18,253 Goans who are stranded outside Goa have registered with the government to come back to the State, Sawant said. 
Of these,  6200 were Goans who were stranded in other States, 8211 were seafarers and 3842 were overseas Goans who had registered with the Commissioner for NRI Affairs to return to the State. Around 3000 had already returned to the State via road with due permission, he added.  

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