DeltaPlus virus: Goa steps up surveillance along Maha border


Panaji:   Goa government has stepped up its surveillance on the border adjoining Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra after the neighbouring state reported cases of Delta Plus variant of COVID-19.

State Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told reporters on Wednesday that the cases of Delta variant has been detected in Goa while there is not a single instance of Delta Plus found in the coastal state.

He said that the cases of Delta Plus are reported from neighbouring Sindhudurg district after which the surveillance along the border has been upped.

Sawant said that Goa has reported 26 cases of Delta variant, which were detected through the samples sent to the labouratory in Pune.

The chief minister told reporters that the four hospitals including Goa Medical College, North Goa District Hospital (Mapusa), South Goa District Hospital (Margao) and Victor Hospital (Margao) have been collecting samples of the COVID-19 patients, which are sent to Pune laboratory to check the variant.

Sawant said that the state has allowed the private labouratories to set up their facilities along Goa-Maharashtra border. “If we find any suspect (entering the state with covid-19 positive infection), he is isolated and tested before allowing him to go around in the state,” the chief minister said.


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