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Panaji: Goa on Friday designated the ESI hospital in Margao town of South Goa as “COVID-19 hospital” to admit the infected patients.

State chief minister Pramod Sawant told reporters that the 60-beded ESI hospital located at the outskirt of Margao town has been designated as “COVID-19 hospital”.

“The process has started to shift the patients there,” he said, adding that those living around the hospital needs not worry, as state government has taken abundant precautions.

The chief minister said that the hospital is equipped with all the facilities required to take care of COVID-19 patients.

The staff from Goa medical college and hospital, ESI and Directorate of Health Service (DHS) has been assigned to the hospital, he said.

Sawant said that the virology laboratory is also start functioning from Goa medical college and hospital near here from Saturday.

“The team of professionals have already been trained at National Institute of Virology, Pune who will be arriving tomorrow,” he said.

“We will start getting reports from Saturday (tomorrow),” he said.

Meanwhile, the chief minister urged the people not to rush out in the markets in search of essential commodities and get themselves prone for COVID-19 infection.

He said that the grocery and essential item shops have been asked to keep open for 24 hours and there are supplies enough to suffice for next two months in the state.

Sawant said that he had a meeting with all the MLAs who have also agreed to provide home deliveries at doorstep in their respective assembly constituencies.

The chief minister said that the state has upped the curbs as “we don’t know what would be the situation in next 8-10 days.”

He also said that total 42 people who had come in direct contact with the three positive patients have been quarantined and tested for possible infection.

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