Big trouble for Goa, COVID-19 tally doubles overnight!
Goa was the only state in India which reported only 7 COVID-19 positive cases since its outbreak in India. Goa had a streak of no new cases of Coronavirus in last several weeks, but this came to an end on 14th May when the COVID-19 tally doubled to 14 overnight. State health minister Vishwajit Rane said that a preliminary rapid TruNat test conducted on the seven people on Wednesday proved Covid-19 positive and so did the confirmatory tests, whose results came later at night. The seven patients are undergoing treatment at the dedicated Covid-19 facility in South Goa from Thursday morning.
Seven of these people were positive in two tests conducted late on Wednesday. They include a family of five returning from neighbouring Maharashtra. All of them are stable and being treated, said Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane. These are the first new cases in the state since the last one detected on April 3. With this, Goa risks losing its Green Zone classification-a status it enjoyed since May 1, when it had no more active cases. The family which tested positive on Wednesday comprises a man and his wife, their son and daughter, and a one-year-old granddaughter from another daughter. They were returning from Solapur when they were tested at a north Goa facility, according to the state’s testing protocol.
In the last couple of days, 15 buses have brought back to Goa 241 people stranded from Kasargod in Kerala; Mangaluru, Bengaluru, Belgaum, Hubli, Dharwad, Khanapur, Jamboti, and Gadag in Karnataka; Navi Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra; Ahmedabad, Vadodara, and Surat in Gujarat and Dadra & Nagar Haveli according to the state government. Altogether, 4,476 people stranded in Goa from Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh have left for their respective states by four Shramik Special trains over the last few days, it added.