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S Goa District Hospital to be quarantine facility

Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that the new building of South Goa District Hospital has been converted into a quarantine facility in wake of COVID-19.

Addressing the media on Sunday at his official residence at Altinho in Panaji, the Chief Minister said that the new building of South Goa District Hospital will also function as a hospital in the next 15 days. Sawant said that on Sunday two more COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in the state, including one, who is brother of an earlier patient, taking the total to five cases.

“The fifth patient, who has tested positive had quarantined himself much before. So there is no fear of he spreading the virus,” the Chief Minister said. “Other family members of the positive patients whose samples were sent for testing at the National Institute of Virology in Pune are negative,” he said.

Sawant said that the ESI Hospital in Margao, which has been designated as COVID-19 hospital for the treatment of coronavirus positive patients is already functional and all the five patients have been shifted to this facility. He said that if required, a private hospital has already been shortlisted to be taken over as second COVID-19 hospital for the long run.

The Chief Minister said that all those whose samples are negative would be discharged from the isolation facility at the Goa Medical College and Hospital. The government has decided to sanitise all the primary health centres and public places from Monday onwards.

Speaking about a TV channel in Karnataka which was airing news that labourers from that state who are stranded here have been left hungry, the Chief Minister clarified that the news is false. “We have created special camps for migrant labourers. Some migrant labourers who wanted to go back to their native places were stopped and have been provided free food and shelter,” he said.

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