PANAJI: After he was forced to ease his earlier decision of "100% lockdown", Goa CM Pramod Sawant said that people should not blame the government for the spread of COVID-19.
As the state was panicked after the government imposed a 100% lockdown and the CM received complaints from all sectors, Sawant ordered that the grocery shops would be open from Friday onwards and could be open 24*7 if the owners could manage. However, he also added that he was keener on a total lockdown so as to control the spread of the pandemic.
He said, "We cannot say when and how the coronavirus can be transmitted. Therefore we should take care of ourselves. If tomorrow, coronavirus spreads in a big way in Goa, then you cannot blame the government. The government wanted a 100 percent lockdown. The government did not want unnecessary contact because it could lead to spread of coronavirus," adding that complaints from all quarters made him took this decision.
He then appealed to people not to rush once the stores get opened for fear of contacting the virus. The decision came on the day when the state's home delivery of essential items crumbled and the people were without the basic necessities like milk, bread, etc.
The Opposition had been slamming the Sawant govt for failing to provide people with daily items.
"As a doctor, I read about the coronavirus and Covid-19 and how it can spread. After learning about all this, I had felt that there should be a 100 percent lockdown," the CM said.