Expressing hope, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the state’s education department has been asked to conduct a study and determine when students can be physically called to schools, which are closed to the following the COVID-19 pandemic. “I expect students in grades 10 and 12 to be able to attend physical classes before August 15,” he said.
Sawant also said his government would write to the Center to narrow the gap between two doses of COVID-19 vaccines for teachers in the state so that they are safe when the government decides to reopen schools.
The new academic session in schools in Goa has already started last month.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, he said the state is working to meet its goal of giving at least one dose of the vaccine to everyone aged 18 and over by July 31. “We vaccinated 80% of the population with the first dose. . There are about a lakh of people who have yet to take the first dose. I call on them to come forward and take it, ”he said.
COVID-19 update in Goa
Goa on Wednesday added 131 new cases of the coronavirus which brought its number of infections to 1,70,102, a state health department official said. With the addition of five victims, the death toll rose to 3,118, while the number of recoveries rose to 1,65,571 after 122 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, the official said.
The coastal state now finds itself with 1,413 active cases, he said. At least 4,427 swab samples were tested during the day, bringing the total number of tests conducted in the state to 10,14,560, the official added.
(With contributions from agencies)
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