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2000 Passengers stuck on Goa Cruise Ship due to corona scare

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Over 2000 passengers are stuck in Mumbai-Goa cruise ship were stuck at sea and restrained from entry, due to a crew member has tested positive for COVID.

All of the passengers and personnel are currently being tested for Covid-19. Officials have ordered that no one exit off the Cordelia Cruises’ Empress until the results of the RT-PCR test are known.

According to Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, a cruise ship carrying 2,000 people was not permitted to land in Goa on Sunday. The cruise ship’s operators have been instructed to undergo COVID-19 tests on all guests at the Vasco-based Salgaonkar Medical Research Centre (SMRC) Hospital before allowing them to disembark.

Pathologist Dr Eugene D’Souza, a specialist at Victor Facility, a private hospital where the tests were performed, told the Times of India on Sunday that the process began at 9.30 p.m. Until 11.30 p.m., around 500 samples had been gathered, with the collection set to continue overnight.

According to a port trust official, all passengers would be tested before being permitted to depart. “All travelers have been immunized twice. A crew member who had a fever for a day had been checked by the ship doctor. The ship was detained outside the harbor while authorities were notified “They stated.

Every day, foreign planes with 4,000 passengers land in Goa, according to Health Minister Rane, and every aircraft contains Covid positive patients. “We must adhere strictly to the Covid protocol.”

Rane further stated that Goa will build up a genome sequencing equipment within the next 15 days to minimize further delays in the testing of suspected Omicron variant samples, which are now being submitted to the Pune-based NIV. He stated that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant would convene a Task Force meeting on Monday, at which time specific steps to combat the spread of coronavirus illnesses are expected to be disclosed.

An official claimed that Goa’s Covid-19 tally reached 1,81,182 on Saturday after 310 cases were discovered, while the death toll remained steady at 3,522.

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