Mumbai-Goa cruise ship staff test positive for Covid, 2,000 travellers stucked: report

Operators of the Cordelia cruise ship have been asked to conduct Covid-19 tests on all the passengers through the Vasco-based Salgaonkar Medical Research Centre (SMRC) Hospital.

At least 2,000 people are stranded on the Mumbai Goa Cordelia cruise ship after a crew member tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The ship had arrived from Mumbai and is docked at the Formula Cruise Terminal.

Health authorities are testing the 2,000 passengers aboard the cruise ship. These passengers are eagerly awaiting the test results. The infected crew member, meanwhile, was held in solitary confinement. The person tested positive on a rapid antigen test. Authorities have asked all passengers to stay on the cruise ship when the results of their tests are released. Operators of this cruise ship have been asked to perform Covid19 tests on all passengers through the Vasco Salgaonkar Medical Research Center (SMRC) hospital.

The Goa government, meanwhile, aims to vaccinate 72,000 children in the 15-18 age group against Covid19 with the first dose within the next four days after the vaccination opens on Monday, the health minister said on Sunday. Vishwajit Rane “Goa has already received 72,000 doses of immunizing children between the ages of 15 and 18, which will be administered within 34 days from January 3,” Rane told reporters after attending a meeting of ministers of State Health chaired by Union Minister of Health Mansukh Mandaviya.

Rane also said Goa will set up a genome sequencing machine within the next 15 days to avoid delays in testing samples of suspected Omicron variants, which are currently being sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune. He said Prime Minister Pramod Sawant will hold a meeting of the Covid task force on Monday during which certain measures will likely be announced to curb the spread of coronavirus infections.

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