Covid cases crossed the 300-figure mark on Thursday in the commercial capital, Margao following detection of 53 new infections in the jurisdiction of the Margao Urban Health Centre.
In another development, the number of asymptomatic patients admitted to the ESI hospital Covid care centre jumped to 22 from 12 on Thursday.
This is the single highest spike in Covid case in Margao and Fatorda in a single day in the second wave of Covid pandemic, with health officials saying that the emerging situation is indeed a cause for concern on the Covid front.
Margao’s tally of Covid cases on Thursday was pegged at 348 from 295 on Wednesday, a rise of 53 cases in a single day.
Consider this. Monday had seen a spike of 30 fresh cases in the jurisdiction Margao Urban Health Centre. Another 18 new cases were reported at the Health Centre on Tuesday, before the cases jumped to 41 on Wednesday, a clear indication are cases are on the rise.
Health officials pointed out that the 53 cases which was recorded at the Margao Health centre pertains to both locals as well as travelers. “The situation is indeed a cause for concern, with the cases crossing the 300-figure mark for the first time. This is the first time the Health centre has seen a spike of 50-odd cases in a single day”, the official said, adding that the situation may turn worse with Covid safety norms thrown to the winds.
Meanwhile, ESI hospital, Margao Superintendent Dr Vishwajit Faldessai informed that 10 more asymptomatic Covid patients were admitted in the ESI hospital on Thursday, taking the number of patients admitting in the hospital to 22.
After a gap of four months, the ESI hospital resumed Covid operations on Sunday following a spike in Covid case. Since Monday, when the number of patients admitted in the hospital was pegged at just four, the number of patients undergoing treatment in the hospital now stands at 22.
How to restrict movement in
markets? CO convenes meet
MARGAO: Margao Municipal Chief Officer Agnelo Fernandes has convened an emergency meeting on Friday with the city market association and law enforcing agencies to find ways to restrict people from frequenting markets in the backdrop of rising Covid cases.
The Chief Officer has invited the presidents of municipal market associations, including the New Market, Gandhi Market, representatives of SGPDA, Salcete mamlatdar Prataprao Gaonkar, Margao police station in-charge, PI Sachin Narvekar, besides Margao Municipal market inspectors and sanitary inspectors.
The meeting assumes significance given that Covid protocols, including social distancing and face masks have been thrown to the winds in the market area of the commercial capital, including the wholesale fish market.
Apply safety norms without
troubling people: Reginaldo
MARGAO: Congress MLA Reginaldo Lourenco has said the Goa government needd to pull up its socks to combat the surge of second wave of Covid pandemic in the state.
He urged the government to employ all the available measures without harassing the people of Goa.
“The government must ensure that there are enough beds and ventilators in all the Covid centres. The government must in no way abandon awareness on safety measures”, he said.
Reginaldo said it is also of paramount importance that all the health centres are stocked with adequate stock of Covid vaccines. “Both the government and the private vaccination centres should be kept open on all days to inoculate people of Goa,” he added.
Whip cracked on people
flouting Covid protocols
MARGAO: Finally, the men-in-uniform and talathis strated cracking whip on people without face masks.
While the Fatorda police visited the SGPDA wholesale fish market in the wee hours of Thursday, their Margao counterparts were in the city market area to enforce the Covid safety norms.
Salcete Mamlatdar Prataprao Gaonkar informed that the talathis from Margao and Fatorda moved around the city to impose fines on persons moving in public places without face masks.
Fatorda Police station in-charge, PI Kapil Nayak informed that the police have been booking around 134 cases a day.
Margao PI Sachin Narvekar informed that the police personnel have been given the task of booking minimum 100 cases a day.
Sessions court too
MARGAO: Principal district and Sessions Judge, BP Deshpande on Thursday issued a notice informing advocates and litigants that only remand and urgent matters will be taken up and dates will be given in other matters in view of the prevailing Covid situation.
They have been requested to collect the dates from the CIS and not to enter the court premises/open courts unless their presence if absolutely necessary.