Goa

Goa is witnessing a sharp spike in coronavirus cases and on Wednesday, the daily rise surged beyond the 1000-mark for the second consecutive day. Amid this alarming uptick of the infection, the Chief Minister, on April 21, enforced a night curfew across the state from 10 PM to 6 AM. As per the statement, the restriction will be observed till April 30. after which the COVID scenario will be reviewed. The cabinet has also imposed other curbs to break the chain of increased transmission in Goa.

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The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has taken the country by storm. As of now, there are over 21,59,134 active cases in India. The worst-hit states with soaring active cases include Maharashtra, with 6,83,856 cases, Uttar Pradesh with 2,23,544 cases and Karnataka with 1,59,158 cases. Needless to say, the situation is pretty bad but there are a number of things you should know about the second wave of the COVID-19 virus. So here we have listed the details of the new tests, symptoms and precautions, to help you cope better!

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For the first time since the pandemic broke out, more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases were reported in Goa over the last 24 hours. As per reports, 1,160 new infections were detected across the state on Tuesday, marking the sharpest single-day spike ever. Besides peaking infection, the death toll also surged to report 26 fatalities; the highest ever count.

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Goa is facing a scenario where its oxygen demands are set to double but this has only increased the efforts of the state government to supplement its inventory of oxygen supplies to meet the expected need, informed the Health Minister. Goa has also roped in government and private players in Karnataka and Kerala, leaving no stone unturned to ensure it is able to provide the prescribed medical treatment to all patients under the state's care.

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Holding the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases in view, the Goa chapter of the Indian Medical Association, has started a free teleconsultation programme for patients who are either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic and under home isolation. As per a statement issued by the Goa branch of the association, around 150 doctors across the state have enrolled in the programme. This will further help the isolated COVID victims to avail themselves of medical aid while at home, thus reducing their anxiety and allowing them to follow COVID-19 restrictive norms, parallelly.

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Whether you plan to simply bask under the sun or engage in similar experiences, the allure of beaches has no parallel. Not only that, the fun of making castles out of sand and indulging the child within, is yet another high for beach babies. For amalgamating all such fun-filled experiences, here's a list of 7 beaches in North Goa that you must include in your itinerary, after the pandemic recedes!

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Amid the high resurgence of COVID-19 in Maharashtra, especially Mumbai, the state authorities have ordained new and stricter train travel protocols. All train travellers reaching the state from Kerala, Goa, Rajasthan, Delhi-NCR, Gujarat and Uttarakhand need to compulsorily provide a negative COVID report, tested by the RT-PCR method 48 hours before the travel. The administration has labelled these six regions as the 'places of sensitive origin' in terms of coronavirus infection, read reports. Besides this, a new SOP has also been established for travel in long-distance trains, from the listed states, to curb the virus transmission within Maharashtra's limits.

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If you are vacationing in Goa and wondering what all grubs you can pair up with your chilled bottle of booze, then you have landed at the right place. Be it the richness of Portuguese flavours or the zing of Konkani, the Goan cuisine is so vast and unexplored, that you can have something new each day here. So check out these 11 Goan dishes that can zing up your palate and add a sprinkle of spice to your trip!

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Bestowed with the honour of being the heritage instrument of Goa, Ghumot is an integral part of the Goan folk, temple and church music. It can be called a near cousin of Tabla and Mridangam because much like these musical instruments, this traditional and indigenous Goan instrument also has a beating surface, made of animal hide. So let's keep the Goan melodies tuned to Ghumot alive, with an exploration into the making, usage and other details related to this percussion instrument!

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Influential in spreading forms of Mannerist, Manueline and Baroque art, many churches and convents that dot Old Goa's landscape, have been declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many of these monuments have been identified by UNESCO, for they illustrate the evangelization of Asia. So if you have the slightest inclination towards art history or if strolling through places that exude an archaic aura makes you happy, then add these 7 must-see churches in Goa to your travel itinerary!

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The Goa government, on Saturday, banned the export of oxygen cylinders outside the state due to increased internal requirement, in wake of the fierce COVID surge here. As per reports, Goa registered a record-high surge of 927 cases in 24 hours on Friday, taking the count of total active cases in the state to 6,321. Consequently, the oxygen cylinders have been reserved for the treatment of critical patients here.

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