Bengaluru-based COVID-19 affected person on Goa flight triggers row

The presence of a 67-year-old Bengaluru-based COVID-19 affected person’s presence in a Dubai-Goa-Bengaluru flight on March 9 has triggered an argument within the coastal state. 

On Wednesday, former tourism minister Francisco Pacheco, who was additionally on the identical AI-994 flight because the Bengaluru-based lady, alleged that the efforts made by the BJP-led coalition authorities’s well being ministry to quarantine him due to his presence on the flight have been politically motivated. 

“I can’t go to quarantine as a result of there isn’t a motive for it. That is political vendetta as a result of I’m campaigning towards the BJP candidates within the Zilla Panchayat elections,” Pacheco informed reporters right here. ZP polls in 50 constituencies are scheduled to be held on March 22. 

The previous minister additionally stated that he had managed to evade efforts of three medical groups despatched by the well being ministry to his residence to quarantine him on Wednesday. 

“They got here with ambulances to quarantine me. How can I’ve have Coronavirus after I was within the fourth row of the flight and there was no passenger for 5 rows round me,” Pacheco stated. 

Earlier, Well being Minister Vishwajit Rane created a stir, when he stated {that a} politician was amongst distinguished individuals who have been in the identical flight because the Covid-19 affected person. 

“Round her, there have been distinguished individuals. A staff has gone to hint and quarantine them. You will need to accomplish that. All people is equal. It’s to do with the lives of the individuals,” Rane had stated. 

Forty-three passengers alighted from the Dubai-Goa- Bengaluru flight at Goa’s Dabolim Worldwide Airport on March 9, out of whom 30 have been home-quarantined and efforts are being made by the well being division to hint eight different passengers. Goa has not reported a single confirmed Covid-19 case but, in line with Rane.  

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