Mumbai-Goa cruise case: 66 of 2000 passengers on board test Covid positive; denied disembark

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Mumbai-Goa cruise case: 66 of 2000 passengers on board test Covid positive; denied disembark

After one of the cruise ship’s crew members tested positive for Covid, samples from over 2000 guests and crew members were analysed, and 66 of them tested positive for Covid-19.

On Sunday, a medical team with PPE kits boarded the ship to conduct an RT-PCR test on all 2,016 passengers and staff members.

“The Mumbai Port Trust (MPT) and the respective collectors have been notified. The government will take suitable steps to address passenger disembarkation “Vishwajit Rane, the Goa Health Minister, stated.

The minister told reporters on Sunday that the ship operator had been requested to do Covid tests on all passengers, and that any who tested positive for the coronavirus would not be permitted to disembark.

Because the MPT would not allow the cruise to dock in Goa, the vessel is docked near Mormugao Port cruise terminal.

Covid-19 was tested on all passengers and crew members. No one should depart on the Cordelia Cruises’ Empress until the results of the RT-PCR test have been announced, according to officials.

A cruise ship carrying 2,000 passengers was not allowed to dock at Goa port on Sunday, according to Health Minister Vishwajit Rane. Before permitting passengers to disembark, the cruise ship’s operators have been instructed to undertake COVID-19 testing on all passengers at the Vasco-based Salgaonkar Medical Research Centre (SMRC) Hospital.

The process began around 9.30 p.m., according to pathologist Dr Eugene D’Souza, a doctor at Victor Facility, a private hospital doing the testing. Around 500 samples had been collected as of 11.30 p.m., with the process set to continue overnight.

Before being allowed to disembark, all passengers will be tested, according to a port trust official. “All of the passengers have had two vaccinations.” The ship’s doctor had tested a crew member who had been sick for a day and had a fever. While authorities were notified, the vessel was kept outside of port restrictions “they stated

Every day, international planes with 4,000 passengers land in Goa, according to Health Minister Rane, and every aircraft has Covid positive passengers. “When it comes to the Covid protocol, we have to be really stringent.”

Rane further stated that Goa will build up genome sequencing equipment within the next 15 days to avoid delays in the testing of suspected Omicron variant samples now being sent to the NIV in Pune. On Monday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant will convene a Task Force meeting, he said, at which certain measures to combat the spread of coronavirus illnesses are expected to be disclosed.

According to an official, the Covid-19 tally in Goa reached 1,81,182 on Saturday after 310 instances were discovered, while the death toll remained at 3,522.

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