Panaji: The number of COVID-19 positive cases in Goa was reduced to ten after the final test on one of the patient came negative on Saturday morning.
State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said that three new cases were tested positive during the rapid tests conducted on them on Friday evening.
“Out of three, two tested positive and one negative during the final test conducted at Virology lab of Goa Medical College and hospital near here,” he said.
Earlier, Rane had said that seven locals who were living in Vasco city of South Goa had gone on April 21 to deliver barges to Gangapur near Kolkata, which is a green zone.
The minister said that after reaching Gangapur on May 3 they were taken to some other place by the boat. “Subsequently, they reached Goa yesterday at 10.30 am from Mollem check post (South Goa) by the same vehicle,” he said adding that they were taken for testing at Hospicio Hospital in South Goa.
“Totally seven had gone, out of them that were tested, three were found to be positive during rapid testing, while other four have been taken for institutional quarantine,” he had said earlier this morning.
“Three samples were sent to GMC for confirmatory test. Other four will continue to remain in institutional quarantine and test will be repeated on them,” he had said.
“In Goa we will take every precaution to keep the state safe. These people have been living in Goa for many years,” he added.
Goa was declared Gree Zone by Central government on May 01 after no positive cases were reported from April 03. The fresh cases began surfacing in the state from May 13 onwards when a family from Mumbai was the first one to test positive after a gap.