Goa councillor dies of coronavirus infection

Panaji: A 72-year-old councillor of the Mormugao Municipal Council in Goa died due to COVID-19 in the wee hours on Sunday, a state health department official said.

Pascoal DSouza, who did not belong to any political party, tested positive for coronavirus last month following which he was admitted to Margao-based ESI Hospital, a specially designated facility for COVID-19 patients.

He succumbed to the viral infection on Sunday, the official said.

D’Souza represented a ward in Mangor Hill area, which has been declared as a containment zone after more than 200 people there tested positive for coronavirus.

The municipal council elections in Goa are not fought on party lines.

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With the councillor’s death, the overall toll in the coastal state has reached seven.

Till Saturday, the state reported 1,684 COVID-19 cases.

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