Bringing a ray of hope into our lives, Goa has now become zero COVID-19 cases in the country. The last seven positive cases in the State turned negative on Sunday, making Goa COVID-19 free.
A moment of satisfaction and relief for Goa as the last active Covid-19 case tests negative. Team of Doctors and entire support staff deserves applause for their relentless effort. No new positive case in Goa after 3rd April 2020.#GoaFightsCOVID19 @narendramodi
— Dr. Pramod Sawant (@DrPramodPSawant) April 19, 2020
Goa Becomes COVID-19 Free
The coastal State had a total of 7 positive cases, of whom six had travel history and one was the brother of a positive patient. On Sunday, the last of them tested negative, ringing in the good news.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, announcing this victory said, “Goa is now COVID-19-free, all seven patients have tested negative. They will be quarantined at government facility and later at home.”
This makes Goa the first green state in the country with no case of coronavirus being reported since April 3. However, it is up to the Centre to declare Goa as a green zone.
Social Distancing And Lockdown Rules Will Continue To Apply In Goa
Although a happy moment for everyone, especially the frontline workers, Dr. Sawant said that it was important to realise that this was no time for relaxing. Norms of social distancing and lockdown would have to be followed to maintain the status of ‘zero case state’.
The Chief Minister also said that from April 20 onwards, the government would scrutinise reports of its three-day door-to-door citizens’ survey and decide on testing people for COVID-19 wherever it felt necessary.
Commenting on the easing of restrictions, he said, “The restrictions during the lockdown period will continue. We will go as per the central government’s guidelines.”
Zero indeed has great value! Immensely happy to announce that all the COVID-19 positive cases in the state are now NEGATIVE. Very grateful to our Doctors & frontline workers who worked tirelessly & risked their lives to save others. #GoaFightsCovid19 #COVIDfree pic.twitter.com/ZiUlAmDh25
— VishwajitRane (@visrane) April 19, 2020
Meanwhile, State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane took to Twitter to share the good news and express his gratitude to all the doctors and frontline workers.
As per government data, 758 people were tested for the virus in the coastal state. The state government has also set up a dedicated hospital to treat coronavirus patients.