Follow COVID protocols or face action; a penalty of ₹200 on people not wearing a mask in Goa

Violation of COVID-19 norms in Goa will now lead to multiple fines.

On Wednesday, Goa's Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, stated that enforcement agencies have been instructed to fine individuals on multiple occasions on a single day for violation of COVID-19 related SOPs, to check the ongoing case rise. He also added that police have been directed to fine more than 500 persons(a day). Additionally, the penalty for not wearing a face mask in public places and crowded areas have been heightened to ₹200 now.


Lockdown is not a solution to solve the COVID crisis

The Chief Minister stated that "Lockdown will not lead to reduction in corona. The solution is vaccination, social distancing, wearing of masks and exercising precautions." Hence, these norms will be imposed here with strictness to arrest and diminish the rate of transmission, he added.

After a coronavirus review meeting with the state cabinet, the Goa CM repeatedly emphasized that lockdown is not a solution to control the COVID infection for it does not reduce the spread. Instead, it impacts the state economy. Negating to impose one, the CM said, "We do not want to disturb people. After the last lockdown, we had to start labour camps and the economy had dropped to zero. Revenue collection had dropped."

Vaccinating stakeholders of Goa's tourism economy

While speaking about the economy, the Chief Minister appealed to all eligible beneficiaries, i.e., people over the age of 45 years to get the COVID jab. He has also appealed to the Centre to permit vaccination of all employees of the tourism sector, irrespective of their age. So far, all people over the age of 45, healthcare and frontline workers have been permitted to get the COVID jab in Goa.

About 35% of Goa's population is supported by the tourism industry, which is the largest contributor to the state's overall economy. This is also the sector that is most vulnerable to COVID infection due to increased exposure and contact. As a result, the state of Goa is seeking the Centre's approval to immunise its stakeholders.

According to reported figures, a total of 25-lakh tourists have visited Goa since travel restrictions were eased after the COVID-19 induced nationwide lockdown. Before the onset of the pandemic, the state welcomed nearly eight million domestic and over nine hundred thousand foreign tourists, annually.

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Vegetable sellers, grocery store owners & people selling other essentials like milk, medicines will be vaccinated first

Keeping in view the steep spurt in COVID-19 cases, the Rajasthan government on Tuesday, issued instructions stating that citizens above 45 years of age, selling vegetables, milk, groceries and medicines, will be vaccinated on a priority basis. This resolution has been undertaken because the state is under a lockdown and those involved in this segment of essential services, might become super spreaders.

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Medicinal oxygen for COVID treatment is now available at Maurari Nagar & Talkatora in Lucknow

Oxygen carrying vehicles across Uttar Pradesh will now be monitored via GPS tracking.

On Tuesday, the Oudh Oxygen Centre in Lucknow conducted an oxygen supply camp for the benefit of several recovering patients. Several people from all across the city flocked to this centre at Talkatora Road, Mawaaiya Industrial area, to supplement their oxygen supplies amid an overall acute shortage. A similar drive was also held at Mauraru Nagar, easing the availability of medicinal oxygen; a major respite in these desperate times.

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Ahead of an expected surge in COVID-19 cases, Goa stocks up its oxygen inventories

The Goa Health Department is chalking out an elaborate plan to ensure oxygen availability to all COVID patients.

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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Indore distributes over 12,000 Remdesivir injections across MP to ensure rapid COVID treatment

Indore District Administration denies permissions to wedding ceremonies amid steep escalation of coronavirus cases.

A large consignment of Remdesivir injections arrived at the Indore Airport on Sunday, carrying about 125 boxes of the COVID treatment drug. This lot collectively made about 12,000 injections available for immediate use. As per the directives of the Chief Minister, the state is undertaking several efforts to ensure that there is an optimum supply of medicines and necessary resources for the treatment of coronavirus infected patients in affected districts. Consequently, the medicine boxes were airlifted from the Indore Airport itself, to ensure immediate availability across other cities.

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