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Another 154 seafarers reached Goa to be sent into institutional quarantine facility says CM

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Another set of 154 Goan seafarers have reached Goa today in the buses arranged by the state government, and all of them will be sent into the paid institutional quarantine facility set up and arranged by the Goa government.

According to the sources, over 150 people from Goa, who returned to the state on Friday after working on different ships as crew members, will be quarantined here, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said. This is the second batch of Goans, who have arrived in the state after working on different ships. Around 100 crew members of a cruise ship had returned to the state last month.

“Today, 154 Goan seafarers have been brought to Goa by road directly after signing off at Mumbai Port. Our Govt is working continuously in coordination with central depts to ensure that Goans stranded in different parts of the country & world reach home safely,” Mr Sawant said in a tweet.

The State Government has set up paid quarantine facilities for these crew members, said the sources adding that presently they are being tested for COVID-19 infection before being sent into the quarantined facility for 14 days.

It may be recalled that after achieving the status of Green Zone Goa has recorded the eight more positive cases of COVID-19 in the past two days and shockingly one of them is a member of a ship’s crew. He had undergone 14 days quarantine at Mumbai but was tested positive after his arrival in Goa on Thursday.

According to the reports, more Goan seafarers are expected to return Goa from the different part of the world in the near future. Earlier, around 8500 seafarers had registered online for their return to Goa. There are nearly 30 thousand seafarers stranded across on the various ships waiting for their turn to return to Goa. 

Source: The Hindu

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