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Goa records single-day spike of 95 COVID cases



The state on Thursday witnessed its biggest single-day increase in COVID-19 positive cases so far, registering 95 new cases of the coronavirus infections.

With this surge, the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa stands at 1482, of which 744 are active, while 734 patients have defeated the deadly virus and four deaths have been reported in the state. Around 64 COVID patients recovered from the dreaded disease in the last 24 hours.

As many as 32 of the 95 new cases are from Zuarinagar, 27 cases are linked to Mangor Hill, the containment zone in Vasco, and nine have been recorded at Baina.

Five cases each from Ponda and Quepem has also been reported.

As per the bulletin issued by the directorate of health services, the new cases also include three cases each from Valpoi and Marcel that have reported for the first time ever since the state witnessed the spread of the virus.

Three cases each also have been detected at Kharewada and Sankhali.

Two new cases have been detected at Indiranagar in Chimbel that has been declared as the micro containment zone by the district magistrate.

One case each has been recorded at Verna, Porvorim, Sal Bicholim, Margao and Camrabhat in Taleigao.

While one isolated case each has been detected first time in Mardol and Goa Velha.

According to the DHS, the 744 active cases include 116 persons, who travelled to Goa from outside by road, rail and air; 240 residents of Mangor Hill, while 221 cases are linked to the containment zone in Vasco.

The other locations of the active cases are: Curtorim (16), Margao (9), Ambelim (24), Quepem (12), Loutolim (11), Indiranagar Chimbel (12), Navelim (2), Ganganagar Mapusa (6), Sankhali (34), Sal Bicholim (5), Canacona (6), Nachinola (1), Porvorim (3), Vaddem Vasco (1), Kundaim (1), Verna (5), Ponda (5), Valpoi (3), Marcel (3), Pilar (1), Sanguem (1), Pirna Mapusa (1), Camrabhat (2),  Borim Shiroda (1), Mardol (1) and Goa Velha (1).

The major locations from where cases are surfacing include Zuarinagar (80), Kharewada (24), New Vaddem (37), Morlem (22), Baina (54), Chimbel (27), Headland Sada (63) and Curtorim (31).

The health bulletin gives a clear picture that the virus had torn through every rural and urban area of Goa: the virus has gripped every section of society right from common citizens to the VIPs.

Ironically the frontline workers like doctors, nursing staff, housekeeping staff, and security guards have also got infected with the virus while discharging their duty.

It is also disheartening to see that police personnel, who are also at the forefront of the fight against one of the deadliest and fast-spreading virus, are also getting affected by the disease.

Goa’s first case relating to the COVID-19 was confirmed on March 25, 2020, and in almost 100 days the cases have reached nearly 1,500 cases. Though the government claimed that they had put in measures in place even before the virus had been brought by travellers into the state, everything was on paper and nothing on the ground. The same was exposed by the media.

When the state was free of COVID cases after first seven patients recovered from the disease, the

government failed to maintain the ‘zero’ cases status when cases started resurfacing after 20 odd days.

The public is expressing fear on social media that with hotels being allowed to open for domestic tourists the cases will only further rise and worsen the situation in the state, and that the target of economic revival may not be achieved.

When the state was witnessing fewer cases, the government deputed two top bureaucrats to hold daily coronavirus press briefings. However, now when the state is witnessing a surge in cases the briefings have been stopped by the government officials to disseminate the information to the public about the steps government is taking to contain the spread of the virus.

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