Congress hits out at Goa CM Pramod Sawant for declaring state as COVID-19 free, says tests have not been conducted properly

21 April, 2020 | Priyanka Sharma

Pramod Sawant National

Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar has criticised CM Pramod Sawant for declaring the state COVID-19 free. He has said that tests have not been conducted properly and state rushed into declarin...

Goa Congress President Girish Chodankar has claimed that the state government has not conducted the tests for COVID-19 properly and that it has rushed into declaring the State as COVID-19 free. “The government is ignoring the dangerous aspects by testing just 0.04 per cent of total 16 lakh population of Goa till date. Goa has tested just 825 patients while 2158 patients are under isolation,” said Chodankar.

“Goa CM is also boasting of covering five lakh houses in just three days with 7,000 surveys covering 16 lakh population. Again, the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan is tweeting and declaring Goa as COVID-19 free. This hurry of the BJP government is a worry for the Goans,” he added. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant called Goa a ‘zero coronavirus case’ state after the seventh patient tested negative here on Sunday. 

“As of April 3, no new COVID-19 positive case has been reported. The last patient tested negative today. It gives me immense pleasure to announce that as of now, there are no COVID-19 positive patients in the State,” said Chief Minister Sawant while speaking to ANI. 

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In India, the total number of coronavirus cases has reached 18,601, including 14759 active cases, 3252 cured/discharged and migrated and 590 deaths. About 1336 new cases and 47 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. Maharastra, which has the highest number of cases in India, has reported 4,666 cases and 232 deaths. Delhi has reported about 2081 cases and the toll has reached 47. The third worst affected state in Gujarat  with 1939 confirmed cases and 71 deaths.

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