Goa sees 280 COVID-19 cases; 81 recoveries, CS chairs meeting

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(Eds: Adds SEC meeting details) Panaji, Apr 2 (PTI) As many as 280 persons tested positive for coronavirus in Goa on Friday, taking the tally of infections to 58,584, an official from the state health department said.

At least 81 patients were discharged from hospitals, while one died of the infection during the day, the official said.

With this, the toll in the district stood at 832 and the count of recoveries mounted to 55,838, he said, adding that the coastal state is now left with 1,914 active cases.

With the addition of 2,029 swab samples tested during the day, the total number of tests conducted in the state has gone up to 5,49,292, he said.

Meanwhile, in a meeting of the state executive committee chaired by Chief Secretary Parimal Rai, it was decided that all COVID facilities be kept ready to tackle any surge that may take place.

The health secretary informed that both district hospitals have over half their bed capacities occupied, said a government spokesperson, adding that collectors have been asked to identify hotels which can be converted into paid COVID centres.

The SEC told collectors and SPs to implement COVID-19 protocols strictly and directed that testing facilities be ramped up to cover more people, he said.

The spokesperson said the SEC had also directed that COVID-19 guidelines be implemented strictly in crowded places, hotels, restaurants, gyms, marriage halls, industries, malls etc. PTI RPS ARU BNM BNM