Goa was in green zone till yesterday and suddenly seven people entered Goa by road, 6 from Mumbai Maharastra and 1 from Gujarat, all of them were tested positive for Covid-19, said the sources. The health Minister and CM have confirmed the reports.
The news broke out at around 7 pm on Wednesday when the checkpoint situated at Ponda found new cases while doing the rapid tests. According to the reports, All seven arrived in Goa by road at the Maharashtra-Goa where their samples were taken.
Those whose COVID-19 tests have come positive include five members of a family who came from Mumbai and the driver of their vehicle. Another driver of a goods carrier from Gujarat also tested positive, taking the number of positive cases to 7, the largest single-day jump in the coastal state.
Health Minister Vishwajit Rane confirmed the new cases on social media. “Seven new COVID-19 cases have been reported positive via the TrueNat testing done at Ponda sub-district hospital. The tests have been further sent to the virology lab at Goa Medical College for confirmation, results are awaited,” Mr Rane said.
According to the PTI report, n a late-night statement, chief minister Pramod Sawant said that all seven cases were “imported” ones and results of confirmatory tests were awaited. “All these seven cases are imported from other states. They are not from Goa,” the chief minister said adding that local people should still take all the precautions and strictly adhere to lockdown guidelines.
Six of them were of the family of Goan origins which had travelled to the coastal state from Mumbai, he said. “All these family members were kept in quarantine facility where they tested positive during rapid testing. Their samples have been sent for a confirmatory test at virology lab in Goa Medical College and Hospital,” he added.
The family was quarantined immediately after their arrival in the state, and had not come in contact with anyone during their stay in Goa, the chief minister said. The seventh person who tested positive in the rapid test was a truck driver who had arrived from Gujarat on Tuesday. “We have quarantined all the people with whom he had come in contact,” Sawant said adding that the results of confirmatory tests conducted on his samples too are awaited.
It may be recalled that on May 1, Goa was declared as Green Zone after all the seven patients which were detected in the state recovered. The state government had allowed resumption of most of the economic activities including industries.