Panaji: Nine COVID-19 patients recovered from the disease, even as two more persons tested positive for the dreaded virus in the state on Friday. Health secretary Nila Mohanan told a press conference in Panaji that the ‘recovered’ patients were discharged from the Margao-based designated COVID Hospital, and have now been placed under institutional quarantine for seven days as per the protocol.
She said the nine persons, who defeated the virus, are from the first lot of asymptomatic positive cases which the state had witnessed after it opened its borders allowing travellers to enter Goa with valid permits.
The health secretary said the two persons who tested positive had arrived separately by road from Maharashtra.
Of the total 54 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 pandemic, which the state has witnessed till Friday, 16 persons have recovered while the total number of active cases has now come down to 38 from 45 that had been recorded till Thursday.
The directorate of health services in its media bulletin stated that the condition of all the patients is ‘stable’. As per the DHS media bulletin, three new suspected cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Goa on Friday.
The DHS informed that of the 542 samples drawn for examination on Friday, 513 tested negative, two tested positive while reports of the remaining 27 samples are still awaited.
The DHS said that at present some 873 people have been quarantined at various residencies and hotels across the state.
Mohanan said that three more persons have tested positive to the coronavirus when their samples were examined by using ‘Truenat Beta CoV test’. However, confirmatory test results from the virology laboratory of the Goa Medical College and Hospital are still awaited.