Panaji: The Panaji municipal market complex will remain shut for public for four days from Friday onwards following the detection of a COVID positive case.
Addressing the media along with deputy mayor and market committee chairman, city Mayor Uday Madkaikar said police are presently hunting for the city tavern co-owner, who has tested positive for COVID.
Madkaikar said the tavern co-owner’s mobile phone is switched off and as per police inquiries, he is a Nepali national and had returned to Goa from Delhi.
Madkaikar said a woman from Chimbel, who is a vegetable vendor in the city market is also suspected to be infected, hence he, along with the deputy mayor and CCP Commissioner, has decided to keep the market complex closed for business after consulting Panaji MLA Atanasio Monserrate.
Appealing to the people not to get panicky, the Mayor said the authorities will decide on reopening the market depending on the outcome of the report of the suspected case. He said as of now, the full market will remain closed for public until further notice and added “as a precautionary measure, we have given 7-day break to the 61 CCP staffers who hail from Chimbel, Vasco and other areas and include fixed and daily wage earners.”
“We have sanitised the full market, distributed face masks and till date social distance is being maintained,’’ the Mayor said and appealed to the people, especially those exhibiting symptoms to immediately get themselves tested for COVID.