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Vishwajit Rani says Goa is ready to fight Covid battle again


PANAJI, April 7 (IANS) Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rani said on Friday that the state is ready to fight the Covid battle again and has taken stringent measures in view of past experiences, ensuring that every issue is addressed.

The coastal state has 872 active cases of Covid, including 162 new cases recorded Thursday. It has seen an increase in covid cases since March 19.

Rani attended the virtual conference chaired by Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandavia to review the current situation of Covid and prepare for it at the ground level.

“I interacted with Mansukh Mandavia, highlighted the situation in Goa, shared information about testing stats, and informed him that Goa has the highest number of tests per million people,” said Rani.

“Goa is ready to battle Covid again. We have taken stringent measures in view of past experiences, to ensure that every issue is addressed.

Rani said he directed the team at Goa Medical College and Hospital to activate the genome sequencing machine in the building.

“We have also started testing inpatients in government hospitals using antigen testing to better understand the situation and keep things under control,” he said.

“If necessary, RTPCR testing is performed, and genome sequencing is performed according to protocols and standard operating procedures,” said the Minister of Health.

He also noted that emergency vaccination requirement is also provided, in case anyone requests it as a booster or for travel purposes.

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