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Panaji: The infection to the frontline health department staff who were on duty at containment zone in the state raised fears that COVID-19 cases will travel to the interiors of Goa.

State Health authorities had confirmed on Thursday that seven staff attached to Urban Health Centre and posted at Mangor Hill, Vasco, which is declared as containment zone, were tested positive for COVID-19 infection.

While one of the infected staff was living in Margao and another was from South Goa’s interior village in Sanguem, a senior health official said.

All have been shifted to ESI hospital in Margao, which is a designated facility to treat COVID-19 positive patients.

Till date, the infection was only restricted to the people who had travelled in the state from neighbouring areas.

“The staff of Urban Health Centre getting infected is a cause of concern. Seven of them have tested positive and they had travelled back to their native before being tested,” a senior health department official said.

State authorities have began tracing their immediate contacts whose samples are drawn to check whether the infection has spread in the rural area.

“One person from Sanguem, who is working in Health Centre and posted Mangor Hill was tested positive. The authorities have shifted him to the hospital. We have asked people to take all necessary precautions,” Prasad Gaonkar, Sanguem MLA told reporters in Panaji.

He said that it is a cause of concern that the infection is getting spread in the rural areas.

Margao MLA and Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat, in a message released on Thursday evening, has appealed people not to panic.

“I appeal to Madgaonkars (people from Margao) not to panic. Please maintain physical distancing and hygiene, wear mask and co-operate with Government Authorities. Let us together work to Defeat Corona,” he said.

As on Thursday, Goa has recorded 166 cases of COVID-19, of which 109 patients are undergoing treatment, while 57 have recovered from the infection.

 

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