Panaji: Goa government has initiated begun an exercise track down 602 people who have arrived in the state from UK and UAE since December 09 to check them for the possibility of being infected with new strain of COVID-19, a senior health department official said.
State has been witnessing around 100 new cases of COVID-19, while the worry is about the possibility of persons, who have returned from the UK, might be infected with the new strain.
A senior officer from Directorate of Health Services said that the list of 602 people have been prepared after going through the arrivals from the UK and UAE since December 09.
The largest number of people, who have arrived from these two destinations, is from Cansualim area in South Goa, which is predominantly a beach destination, he said.
The list of 91 people from this area has been prepared followed 57 people from Cortalim area which is neighbourhood of Cansaulim in South Goa.
Third highest in the list is Corlim area (North Goa) which comprises of areas like Old Goa where 48 while 47 people are from Chimbel, Ribandar and part of Panaji in North Goa.
As per the data, there are 41 people from Candolim area which includes places like Calangute, Baga and other tourist destination while 28 people are from capital city of Panaji and its adjoining parts.
The state government has also asked it machinery to locate people, who have arrived from these two desination and living in areas like Loutolim Curtorim, Navelim, Quepem, Vasco, Chinchinim, Balli, Canacona, Curchorem, Sanguem (all in South Goa) while Aldona, Mapusa, Siolim, Porvorim, Shiroda, Dharbandora, Ponda, Cansarvanem and Colvale, the official said.
Interestingly, there are no persons from the areas like Pernem, Sattari and Bicholim (in North Goa), there in the list.