'Stringent monitoring' deployed along Goa borders to block the entry of Delta Plus variant
Tightening up the measures to prevent the permeability of the Delta Plus variant, the Goa administration has declared that it will assure "stringent monitoring" along the state borders. Subsequently, the Goa Health Minister informed that the Chief Minister has instructed officials to make sure that widespread interventions are executed to mitigate the entry of the new mutant. The state authorities have been alarmed by the first cases in various districts of the neighbouring state of Maharashtra.
21 cases of the new variant reported from Maharashtra
Reportedly, the central administration has declared the new Delta Plus mutant, as a variant of concern. Earlier this week, the Maharashtra Health Minister apprised that a total of 21 cases of Delta Plus have been reported in the state. While Ratnagiri and Jalgaon have the maximum cases, two cases have been reported from Mumbai as well.
Further, Palghar, Thane and Sindhudurg districts, have logged one case each. Notably, Sindhudurg shares boundaries with Goa and this alerted the state officials. In view of this, the state government has amplified the screening along borders and private labs have also been asked to set up testing facilities there.
Amid the latest developments, the Goa Health Minister shared through his Twitter account. "In view of the Delta Plus Variant cases found in the neighbouring states, we shall ensure that stringent monitoring is taking place at the borders. Hon''ble CM @DrPramodPSawant has already issued instructions on this matter."
No Delta Plus case found in Goa till now
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The Health Minister apprised that no case of Delta Plus has been reported in Goa. While the state has witnessed patients of Delta variant, the government is trying hard to ensure that Delta Plus does not infiltrate the territory. On Thursday, 229 new COVID news and 258 recoveries were recorded in Goa and the state has 2,727 active patients now.