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With the state easing entry restrictions and quarantine with the implementation of the Unlock 4, the passenger count at the Goa airport is also on a rise. This shoot up is a direct consequence of the increased flight frequency in Goa. Besides rising domestic traffic, more slots for domestic arrival at the international airport have also been requested which further projects improved air connectivity among Goa and other states by September 20.

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Several schemes for Goa under the banner of the national Atmanirbhar packages have been announced by the state's chief minister on Friday. These schemes include the allocation of Rs 11.5 crore for the purchase of COVID-19 healthcare equipment. This amount will be provided by the District Mineral Fund and it has been segmented under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package.

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Owing to the daily high records of coronavirus infections in the Goa, the Chief Minister on Friday confirmed that the administration has no plans to reopen educational institutes in the state anytime soon. However, for classes of X and XII that appear for Council exams, schools may resume after discussions and consultations with the Parent Teachers Association ( PTA).

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Last year, Goa's state government had established a set of regulations which required online travel aggregators to be registered under the purview of the tourism department. Now the authorities have devised rules to expedite the registration process and the renewal of services. The mandate draft states that hotels and other forms of accommodations in Goa, which are not registered with the concerned authority, will not be allowed to be listed or displayed by the online service providers.

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The Goa Government's decision to convert the South Goa District Hospital into a 250-bed COVID-19 treatment facility will kickstart the work from Friday. This decision has been taken as a direct consequence to the spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the state, which currently clocks at 21,630 cases. This is the third COVID treatment facility that is being set up by the State to haemorrhage the spreading virus.

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The nationwide Unlock 4 has brought an increased coronavirus caseload in Goa. The state has been recording an increase in the number of cases daily, since the imposition of the fourth phase of Unlock. With a record high, 713 cases in a single day on Thursday, Goa's total case tally mounts over 19,555 with a burden of 403 active cases. On Wednesday, the state had registered 636 cases, while on Tuesday, 588 persons had tested positive.

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The Unlock 4 which will be observed from September 1 to September 30, has enabled several relaxations under its ambit, binding all states and union territories to follow the phased unlocking system. Check out the guidelines, protocols and moderation laid down by the Goa government:

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The biggest musical gala & fundraiser, 'Sunburn for Goa', went live on Saturday, featuring world's #1DJ including Dimitri Vegas and Like Mine. This online event was specifically organised in association with Facebook and Give India to raise funds through donations & Goa fight against the coronavirus.

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In accordance with the Union Ministry's order of no special e-passes, transit permissions or separate approvals for inter and intra state travel, the Goan government has withdrawn the need of travel permits for visitors to enter the state. This decision however does not impose any changes in the established screening and quarantine protocols for tourists and visitors upon arrival in the state.

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In Goa, casino culture is a big part of what makes the tourist state thrive. Not only do outsiders come and try their hand at games such as Blackjack, Roulette, Poker, and many more, but the locals are invested in it as well. Now, with the current global trends, things are changing everywhere, so here's what the casino scene in Goa is looking like right now.

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In an event which is surely unheard of, an uprooted Banyan tree was given a new lease of life in Goa's Arambol area. The spot where this tree has been seated for decades now, is lovingly called 'The Source' and is hailed as an iconic site by several tourists. But earlier this month during an episode of torrential rains in the state, this Banyan tree came crashing down, which left a lot of people deeply saddened.

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