Goa CM tests Covid positive

Pramod Sawant

New Delhi (NVI): Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant today informed that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Sawant said that he was asymptomatic and would remain under home isolation at the same time continuing to work.

Taking to Twitter, Sawant wrote, “I wish to inform all that I have been detected Covid-19 positive. I am asymptomatic and hence have opted for home isolation. I shall continue to discharge my duties working from home. Those who have come in my close contact are advised to take the necessary precautions,” he added.

This comes a day after, Sawant held a virtual meeting with officers in charge of COVID-19 care centers in Goa and reviewed the functioning of the centres.

He is the latest in a line of leaders in the state to have contracted the deadly virus, the most prominent being Shripad Naik.

Others who have tested positive include Narendra Sawaikar, BJP MLAs Nilkanth Halarnkar and Clafasio Dias, former deputy chief minister Ramkrishna Dhavalikar and former chief minister Churchill Alemao and others.

Meanwhile, Goa recorded its highest single-day spike on Tuesday, with 588 people testing positive for the virus, taking the state’s COVID-19 count to 18,006, while two deaths took the toll to 194.

-RJV