Number of UK passengers testing positive for COVID-19 infection rose to 3 



Panaji: In all three passengers who arrived on a flight from the United Kingdom in Goa during wee hours of Friday have tested positive for COVID-19 infection, State health minister Vishwajit Rane said.

Rane said that all the three passengers have been shifted to an isolation facility in South Goa while all others who have tested negative will be kept in strict home quarantine for eight days before undergoing another test at the end of it.

The health minister tweeted “This is with reference to flight AI 146 that arrived from UK today morning. 237 travellers tested on arrival. 3 patients (passengers) have been tested positive.”

“All other negative travelers will be kept in strict home quarantine and will be retested on day 8 or earlier if symptomatic. Accordign to the Government of India Guidelines/Protocols, necessary directions have been issued to DHS in this regard,” Rane said in another tweet.

Earlier, in the morning, the minister had confirmed that a 41-year-old British national of Goan origin has been tested positive for COVID-19 infection.

State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane had tweeted on Friday morning “A 41-year-old British national of Goan origin tested positive today morning at the airport. The patient has been isolated at PHC-Cansaulim.”

The patient was isolated at state run Primary Health Centre at Cansaulim.

The airport sources stated that the passenger was a part of 98th Vande Bharat Mission flight that arrived on Goa Airport during wee hours of Friday.

Goa Airport tweeted on Friday “Goa Airport has ramped up the infrastructure reqd for post arrival testing of Int’l arriving passengers. Sufficient Registration counters, swab collection centres, waiting area are provided for smooth management, safety and convenience of pax.”

The airport said in another tweet “98th in the series of VBM flight arrived from London-Heathrow today early morning at Goa International Airport. Arriving passengers undergoing thermal screening and completing mandatory formalities upon arrival.”

Goa has already isolated five crew members from a merchant navy ship who had tested positive. Their samples have been sent to Pune based labouratory for genome sequencing.


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