Mapusa: A day after a newspaper vendor tested positive for COVID-19 at Khorlim in Mapusa, the administration contained the affected areas on Tuesday as a precautionary measure to arrest the spread of the virus and health officials collected over 200 throat swab samples.
Staff of the Mapusa urban health centre collected around 256 swab samples of the local residents, who have come in direct or indirect contact with the vendor. The samples have been sent for testing. The administrative authorities have advised the contacts to stay indoors.
The Mapusa municipal council and health officers have started creating awareness among the residents of Khorlim, who have come in contact with the vendor to come forward and provide their throat swab samples for testing. Buses too have been arranged by the authorities to ferry people to the testing centre set up at Khorlim.
Besides testing, sanitisation of the affected areas has also been carried out by the fire personnel. Police have been deployed in the affected areas and access to the areas from the Radhakrishna temple to Dharwadkar residency complex has been blocked by installing barricades.
Mapusa MLA Joshua D’Souza, along with Deputy Collector Mamu Hage, MMC chief officer Kabir Shirgaonkar, police inspector Tushar Lotlikar, councillors Vibha Salgaonkar and Rajsingh Rane, visited the affected areas.
“We visited the area around the Krishna temple in Khorlim where a newspaper vendor, residing in the locality, has tested positive for COVID-19. Mapusa police has made arrangements to contain the locality and all residents have been requested to stay indoors,” said D’Souza.
It may be noted that on Monday evening, a newspaper vendor, employed at a pharmaceutical company in Verna, had tested positive for COVID. According to information available, the newspaper vendor had got himself tested after his colleague had tested positive for the virus.