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Seafarer amongst five tested positive on Wednesday

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Panaji: One of the crew member from a ship who arrived in the State through two chartered flights in Goa have tested positive for COVID-19 infection.

A senior health department official said that one of the crew member who had arrived in the first flight that landed in Goa at 10.30 a.m. has tested positive for COVID-19 infection.

All the crew members have been sent for quarantine facility upon their arrival in the state.

Sources stated that the Seafarer had arrived in the first chartered flight that arrived at around 10.30 a.m on Wednesday, along with 167 others (168 seafarers had travelled in one flight).

With this total number of COVID19 positive cases in Goa crossed half a century mark on Wednesday with 44 active cases, after testing of more than 10,000 samples drawn from different vulnerable groups.

As per the health bulletin issued here on Wednesday, four new cases of COVID-19 infection reported in the state taking the total tally to 51, of which 44 are active patients, while seven have been recovered and discharged from the hospital.

Goa government has set up specially designated COVID hospital in Margao.

State has tested 10,136 samples till date, including 595 samples that were tested on Wednesday, the bulletin reads.

State Health Secretary Nila Mohanan told reporters in Panaji on Wednesday that out of four positive cases, three were from Maharashtra who had arrived via train, road and ship and one travelled from Delhi.

“The condition of all the patients is stable,” she said.

The Goa also received a batch of 336 crew members from different ships who had arrived in two different flights from Italy whose samples have been collected and taken for testing at the lab.

Shipping company M/s Costa Cruise has chartered its Goan crew members to the state.

Earlier during the day, State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said that the bed capacity of ESI hospital has been increased from 60 to 170 with additional back up of 30 beds.

Rane said in a statement issued here “I would like to congratulate my team of doctors. Dr Ira (Almeida, Medical Superintendent, Hospicio Hospital), Director of Health Services Dr D’Sa (Jose D’Sa), Dean Goa Medical College Dr (Shivanand) Bandekar, and Secretary Health Nila Mohanan  for increasing the bed capacity at the COVID hospital from 60 beds to 170 beds overnight.”

“We also have a back up facility of adding another 30 beds which will take it up to 200 beds in a span of an hour, if needed,” he added.

 

 

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