Seven new COVID-19 cases in Goa

Panaji: Samples of seven suspected COVID-19 patients in Goa have tested positive for the disease, state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said on Thursday.

Goa was earlier declared a green zone by the Union government as there was not a single active COVID-19 case since May 1.

However, the results of samples of seven suspects, tested at the virology lab of the state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital, have come out positive for the disease, Rane said.

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The results came out positive during the TrueNat test (rapid test) conducted on the samples.

The seven people, including three females, have been shifted to a hospital dedicated for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, Rane said.

The seven patients include five members of a family of Goan origin and their driver who had travelled to the coastal state from Mumbai, a senior health department official said.

A one-year-old girl is among the five family members who have tested positive for coronavirus.

The seventh person who tested positive is a truck driver who recently arrived from Gujarat for delivering goods, the official said.

On May 1, Goa was declared as green zone after all the seven COVID-19 patients previously found in the state recovered.

The state government had allowed resumption of most of the economic activities, including industries.

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