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Goa to start administering Remdesivir to Covid-19 patients

IANS | August 07, 2020 01:59 PM

PANAJI:Goa's Health Ministry on Friday received 1, 008 vials of Remdesivir from pharma major Cipla. Remdesivir is an anti-viral drug which is administered to Covid-19 patients and results in faster recovery, state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said.

"This anti-viral drug will be beneficial in suppressing the viral replication of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Uncontrollable viral replication is often responsible for tissue damage and deaths in patients infected with the virus, " Rane said in a statement.

The minister also said that the anti-viral drug will be administered to moderately and severely-ill patients suffering from COVID-19 and would help to suppress the viral replication of SARS-CoV-2.

"The drug will help in faster recovery of COVID-19 patients. Introduction of Remdesivir in the COVID-19 treatment protocol will also help us reduce COVID-19 deaths associated with co-morbidity, " Rane said.

Goa is currently witnessing a sustained spike in the number of Covid-19 cases. The state has recorded 7, 614 coronavirus cases in all, out of which 2, 095 are active. 66 people have died after contracting the deadly infection.

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