Panaji: Health Secretary Nila Mohanan on Thursday said that a person who tested positive for COVID-19 has gone missing and efforts are on to trace him.
According to Panaji Mayor Uday Madkaikar, the missing person was a co-owner of a tavern in Panaji market.
Mohanan said the details provided by the person on the self-declaration form indicate that he arrived in the state by train from Delhi. Upon testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday afternoon, health authorities including the police went looking for him using the local address provided by him and using his phone’s location. However, the authorities have failed to locate the person, as the address provided by him is ‘vague’.
The health secretary clarified that the person’s Panaji link is ‘not ascertained’. “We have come to know that in records of Delhi Police, this person is officially a missing person…so we can assume that this person is actually a resident of Delhi. He is a missing person and if you ask me how he has landed in Goa, I don’t have an answer as of now,” Mohanan said. “All we know is that in this case there is a link to Delhi…in the self-declaration form he has said he has arrived here on a train from Delhi, so he established to be a person who has entered into Goa from outside,” she added.
The health secretary said the state administration and police are trying to trace all his links. She has appealed to the people to inform the health department or police if they have any information on the particular person.