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Panaji: Goa government is waiting for the reports from the National Institute of Virology, Pune to ascertain whether the new strain has been reported in the COVID-19 positive cases, who have travelled into the state from UK.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told reporters on Wednesday that the state has received two reports so far about the passengers, who had travelled into the state from UK and had tested positive for COVID-19.

Sawant said that 37 travellers, who arrived from the UK, had tested positive while 23 more people had received infection from them.

“Till date, Goa government has sent 43 samples for testing at NIV, Pune to ascertain the presence of UK strain of the virus,” he said.

Sawant said that the state government is monitoring all the passengers, who have arrived from UK, recently.

As per government data, there are 900-odd people who came from UK into Goa after December 09.

Referring to the New Year celebrations, Sawant said “There are number of tourists arrived in the state to usher in the new year festivities.”

“State Tourism department and Police are already creating awareness campaign against the spread of COVID-19 in the state,” he said.

Sawant appealed people and party organisers to obey with the guidelines to avoid spread of the virus.

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