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ESI hospital discharged 17 UK returnees

Goa: The ESI hospital discharged 17 UK returnees on Thursday evening after they tested negative for Covid-19. The state authorities, however, did not declare whether they had carried the new strain of the UK virus or not.The authorities had tested the UK returnees on Wednesday morning following protests over the Goa government’s silence on their genomic test results.Fresh swab samples of those who were positive for more than 14 days were sent to the Goa Medical College laboratory.

A patient told that he got to know from sources that the viral load of samples sent to Pune was too low to detect the UK strain and alleged the government had no plan or SOP in place for this group as a result of which they were being kept in the facility.In another case, a distressed mother breathed a sigh of relief that her teenager, who was isolated alone in the hospital for more than ten days, would be back home.

The News24 Goa