Two Mumbai returnees test positive in Korgao

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Mapusa: Two members of a family of three that had returned to Goa from COVID-19 hotspot Mumbai have tested positive for coronavirus in Korgao in Pernem taluka leading to the village panchayat holding an awareness meeting and asking people to be alert.

The two family members, who have tested positive have been shifted to the COVID hospital in Margao, while the third member, who has tested negative for the virus has been sent to a paid quarantine facility in Mapusa.

According to information available, the family comprising of a woman, her son and daughter-in-law had arrived in Goa from Mumbai on June 7 and after their throat swab samples were collected, the family members had self-quarantined in a rented premises at Pethechawada in Korgao.

Following the result of their COVID test, the two female members, who tested positive were shifted by healthcare workers to the COVID hospital in an ambulance.

Confirming the positive cases, health officer of Tuem community health centre Dr Vidya Parab said, “The family had arrived from Mumbai and self-quarantined; nobody was aware about them. After receiving the report, the family moved out of the house from where they were picked up in an ambulance and shifted to the COVID hospital. The male member was shifted to Mapusa in a paid quarantine facility.”

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, an awareness meeting was called by the Korgao panchayat body. The meet was attended by sarpanch Swati Gawandi, deputy sarpanch Custano Coelho, panch members Ranganath Kalshavkar, Uday Palayekar, Uma Salgaonkar, panchayat secretary Vijay Tilve, health staff Pundalik Desai and Ankush Parab.

The sarpanch said there was no reason for the villagers to fear infection as the family that has been infected had not interacted with anyone. She asked the villagers to be alert and inform the panchayat members if any traveller comes in the village.

Meanwhile, following reports of a bus conductor from Palyem, a Kadamba Transport Corporation employee, testing positive for COVID, 14 persons who came in contact with the patient were screened by health officials and their samples collected. All the 14 comprising his family members at Palyem and his extended family at Vironda have been home-quarantined even as their reports are awaited. 

It may be noted that the KTC bus conductor, attached to Margao depot, had tested positive on Tuesday following which he was shifted to the COVID hospital. Pernem fire personnel Thursday sanitised the houses and surrounding areas of the KTC bus conductor’s extended family members.