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Five more persons test positive for COVID in Goa

Panaji: Five more persons tested positive for the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, taking the total number of active cases to 13 in the state.

Two persons, who travelled from West Bengal, and three other  persons who came to Goa  from Haridwar, Mumbai and Ratnagiri have been diagnosed with the deadly virus.

All the five COVID positive patients have been shifted to the ESI Hospital in Margao, which is designated for treating COVID positive patients.

Two persons having travel history of West Bengal had visited Gangasagar, Kolkata, to deliver barges. They entered the state through the Mollem check-post along with five others. They were directly taken to a quarantine facility at Vasco where their samples were drawn and tested using the Truenat Beta CoV test in which three persons tested positive for the deadly virus. 

However, confirmatory tests were conducted at the virology laboratory of the GMC, and out of the three persons, two tested positive for COVID-19.

Samples of the third person, who had tested negative in the confirmatory test, will be tested again after the gap of 72 hours, as per the protocol.

The three persons who tested positive to the disease  on Saturday include a 46-year-old man who travelled allegedly illegally from Ratnagiri, a 28-year-old cleaner who travelled from Haridwar on a pharmacy cargo truck which entered the state to deliver a consignment at the Kundaim industrial estate, and a worker brought in the state reportedly by the management of an industrial unit from Mumbai.

On Thursday, eight confirmed cases of the dreaded virus were reported in Goa.

Health Minister Vishwajit Rane informed that the results of 35 people who came to Goa from Thiruvananthapuram via rail have been reported negative while the reports of 100 people out of 280 who arrived from Delhi via rail are still awaited.

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