Goa recorded six deaths due to Covid-19 in 24 hours together with that of a 14-year-old lady who contracted the coronavirus illness whereas battling an current lung an infection, taking the toll within the state to 34 on Saturday. Expressing anguish over the rising variety of fatalities, the opposition events blamed the Pramod Sawant authorities for failure to rein within the virus outbreak.
The 14-year-old is the youngest individual within the state until date to succumb to Covid-19, after the 29-year-old who died 5 days in the past.
The deaths reported on Saturday additionally included two sufferers of their fifties, a 65-year-old and two individuals of their eighties, in accordance to the official bulletin launched by the state authorities.
With 146 new cases reported on Saturday, Goa has recorded 4,686 cases of the novel coronavirus to date of which 3,047 have been declared as cured.
“With death toll rising & a 14 year old losing life, Will @BJP4Goa @GovtofGoa @goacm still go ahead suspending all rules & pass budget & conduct business without discussion during 1 day Assembly Session? Is #CovidPandemic & peoples suffering last priority for Government?”, chief of Opposition Digambar Kamat tweeted, referring to the one -day monsoon session of the Goa Legislative Assembly that has been scheduled for Monday.
Another opposition chief, Vijai Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party, too, hit out on the state authorities for the loss of life toll. “It’s 6 deaths as of the moment, which includes a 14 year old & even 2 people of around 50 years of age! The comorbidity excuse also is not tenable! And the Govt looks all at sea!” he tweeted.
Goa has additionally seen the positivity rate improve over the last few weeks which now stands just a little above 4% however is expected to improve additional with the testing capability failing to keep tempo with the rising demand for assessments. The variety of positive cases has remained regular over the last week or so, hovering just a little beneath 200 positive cases per day, however almost 7,000 swabs are pending for testing as labs are overwhelmed.
However, an official said that extra samples are being taken for surveillance functions and the authorities are carefully watching the (Covid-19) figures.
“We are taking all measures that we are seeing that our labs are operating 24×7. Everybody is alert and aware and we are closely watching the figures,” health secretary Nila Mohanan said.
“With the number of cases on the rise and new containment zones coming into place, we are taking more samples for surveillance purposes and then we also have Aarogya Setu data which is now routinely being used… people have started getting SMS and phone calls from the past one week onwards that recommends that they come forward for testing. So we are encouraging those people to come forward and give their samples,” Mohanan added when requested to clarify the elevated pendency in testing and the positivity rate.
Despite being a small state, Goa’s numbers are greater than double that of Himachal Pradesh and comparable to that of Uttarakhand and Chattisgarsh, states a lot bigger however arguably extra rural.