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986 swabs taken in major testing drive at Moti Dongor zone

GOA:  A team of health officials on Wednesday descended on the containment zone at Moti Dongor, Margao, and tested a major part of the area for Covid-19. In the day-long exercise, throat swab samples of 986 residents were drawn.

Sources in the health department said that all 350 samples drawn from the area on Tuesday returned negative. “We have extensively covered the area. Samples of the rest of the residents will be drawn tomorrow,” a district administration official said.

Parts of Moti Dongor were declared as containment zone by the South Goa collector after 17 persons from the area tested positive for Covid-19. The zone covers part of ward 18 extending from the sulabh shouchalaya near the masjid to BSNL quarters, and part of ward 23 extending from Renuka Devi temple to the public water tank.

In Curtorim, Raia, Loutolim and other places, no fresh cases have been detected. Dr Vallabh Nadkarni of the Curtorim primary health centre, said that they have already tested 430 samples and that the number of active cases in Curtorim is on the decline.