Sudin, Nilkanth test positive for COVID

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Ponda/Mapusa: Two more Goa legislators, Marcaim MLA Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar and Thivim MLA Nilkanth Halarnkar, have tested positive for COVID-19.  Earlier, Cuncolim MLA Clafasio Dias had tested positive for the viral infection. He has fully recovered now.

Senior Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leader and Marcaim MLA Sudin Dhavalikar announced through a post on social media on Tuesday that he and his wife have tested positive for COVID. He has urged people, who came in contact with him to get themselves tested.

As per information received, Dhavalikar is symptomatic and has been advised to get admitted to a hospital.

According to sources, Dhavalikar and his office staff underwent COVID-19 test on Tuesday, as Dhavalikar had come in contact with a COVID positive patient recently and developed symptoms. During the rapid test at the Sub-district Hospital at Ponda, he and his wife tested positive, while his staff tested negative.

Thivim MLA Nilkanth Halarnkar tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning and will remain under home isolation. His wife has tested negative for the infection.

According to information available, Halarnkar underwent antigen testing at the Colvale primary health centre in the morning, as he experienced high body temperature Monday night. The test report indicated that he was positive for COVID, while his wife has tested negative and advised to undergo re-testing after 48 hours. Confirming this, health officer of Mapusa urban health centre Dr Cheryl D’Souza said, “Thivim MLA has tested positive and opted to undergo home isolation. His wife has tested negative and will be re-tested after 48 hours.”

Meanwhile, 15 new positive cases were reported within the jurisdiction of the Colvale health centre on Tuesday including four cases at the Central Jail; five cases were reported at Thivim, while four were detected at Sirsaim and two cases in Colvale.

Health officer of Colvale health centre Dr Damodar Narvenkar said a total of 613 individuals have been tested at the Central Jail till date including the jail staff and prisoners. “Today, we detected four cases in the jail – two jail staff and two prisoners,” Dr Narvenkar said.

It may be noted that earlier 33 COVID cases were reported at the Central Jail including 28 prisoners and five guards.