The state’s Covid-19 death toll rose to 14 on Sunday after two persons, both having co-morbidities, succumbed to the virus. While five persons died of the infection over the weekend, the state’s active tally rose to 952, with 85 new cases and 59 recoveries.
The first death on Sunday was that of a 49-year-old man from Palolem. He was undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, at a private hospital. On June 28, he was transferred to the ESI-Covid hospital in a critical condition. He died of Covid on Sunday at 7.30am.
Later in the day, an 80-year-old woman from Chicalim died. Although she received treatment for two weeks at the ESI-Covid hospital in Margao, her condition didn’t improve though her vitals were stable. A health official said that she was bedridden before hospitalisation, and suffered from dementia.
Meanwhile, health minister Vishwajit Rane launched the plasma bank at GMC. Recovered Covid-19 patients have been requested to come forward to donate their plasma. The state government has set this week as its target to commence plasma therapy.
“What GFP is saying is absolutely wrong,” Rane said. “We have sufficient ventilators at the ESI-Covid hospital. There is a provision for 40 ventilators. Besides, 50 more ventilators have been connected at the Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital. There is nothing to worry about.”
Rane said that Goa’s testing rate is perhaps the highest among all states, at over 60,000 tests per million population. As of Sunday, the state has conducted 89,596 tests.