Panaji:  Nearly 2, 000 passengers on Mumbai-Goa luxury cruise ship ‘Cordelia’ continue to be confined on board off Goa’s Mormugao Port after a crew member tested positive for Covid, state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said on Monday.

“All passengers should be tested and only after that will they be allowed (on land), ” he said.

The passengers and the crew are being tested at a nearby private hospital in batches, official sources said.

The state is combating a surge in Covid cases, with the weekly infection rate pegged at more than 5 per cent on an average.

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