In a statement, Congressman Kamat said residents of Goa were afraid following the “unstoppable rise” in COVID-19 cases and the growing number of deaths.

Goa Assembly opposition leader Digambar Kamat said on Sunday that the state’s four-day lockdown should be extended given the “grim situation” in the coastal state.

Following a very high test positivity rate, Goa went into lockdown on Friday and it will remain applicable until 6 a.m. on Monday. All essential services have been exempted from the curbs.

In a statement released here, Congressman Kamat said people in Goa fear the “unstoppable rise” in COVID-19 cases and the growing number of deaths.

“With the situation gloomy, extending the lockdown with strict enforcement is the only option left,” he said.

He demanded that the BJP-led state government announce a ₹ 100 crore package for the marginalized sector to minimize the effect of the foreclosure.

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He also said the need of the hour was to hand over the management of COVID-19 to a “task force of civil society and military experts.”

The task force must be given financial powers to make decisions in the best interests of the people, he said.

“Enough is enough, let’s not play with innocent lives anymore,” Kamat said.

He said that once the monsoon season starts, things will get more difficult.

“We must anticipate the frequent power cuts, roadblocks and floods that will seriously affect the management of COVID-19,” he said.

Kamat also said COVID-19 vaccines should be bought on a war footing and the first dose should be given to all eligible people by mid-July of this year.

Goa recorded 2,303 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, bringing its number of cases to 93,355, while 54 deaths brought the toll to 1,222, official data showed.