News by Hindustan Times and The Navhind Times supports that Francisco Xavier Pacheco was a suspect of COVID-19 and was advised to self-quarantine.
Hindustan Times stated that Former Goa minister, Francisco Xavier Pacheco was one among 43 passengers on board the Dubai-Bangalore AI 994 flight, in which a 67-year-old passenger tested positive for COVID-19. The health authorities instructed all the passengers to undergo 14 days of self-quarantine. Francisco Pacheco said that he was seated in the fourth row on AI 994 flight and there was no one five rows behind him.
Later, on 20 March 2020, Navhind Times quoted Pacheco saying that an ambulance with three doctors and the police came to his home on 18 March 2020, late night for his medical check-up but he said that he would consult a doctor next day. Further, he said that he visited the Goa Medical College and Hospital(GMC) on the morning of 19 March 2020 as directed. Dr Edwin Gomes advised him to be quarantined at home till March 23 and asked him to report if he showed symptoms. Navhind Times also reported that Pacheco had undergone swab test and body temperature check at the T B hospital.
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