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With the 3rd wave hitting it’s peak around January 20, Dr Shekhar Salkar, a member of Goa government’s expert committee on Covid management, feels that the cases in Goa may surge to 10,000 to 15,000 cases per day.

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Micro-blogging site Twitter is all set to educate people in India about their right to vote through quizzes, emojis and reminders. Ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in various states across the country, on Thursday Twitter announced new initiatives to empower citizens. With this move, the social networking platform aims to help people make informed decisions as they exercise their constitutional rights.

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In a collaborative effort, the Directorate of Skill Development (DSDE)- Government of Goa and Goa Institute of Management (GIM) jointly organised a dedicated training session for the staff of Industrial Technical Institute (ITI) in the state. Spanning over a period of four months, this training session was organised at the GIM campus in Sanquelim.

Notably, more than 400 employees across the hierarchies of 10 ITIs, including instructors, non-teaching staff and senior office holders were upskilled under the ambit of this scheme. As per the press release, the module of this skill training program included sessions on pedagogy, health, nutrition, communication, and entrepreneurship, among other critical aspects.

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With a fresh load of 1,992 fresh COVID cases in Goa, the state continued to be under the grip of the pandemic on Sunday. With this, the case positivity rate in the coastal state shot up to 24.76% on January 9, up from 23.75% the day before. As per the reports, Goa's cumulative case count increased to 1,89,909 infections, inching near the 2 lakh mark.

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Giving a boost to the surveillance capabilities of the Indian Navy, the second squadron of Boeing P-8I patrol and reconnaissance aircraft commenced operations from INS Hansa, Goa. The two aircraft, which arrived on December 30, 2021, were inducted after the fitment of indigenous equipment and Flight Acceptance Trials. The aircraft were welcomed upon arrival by a MiG 29K formation. With two more aircraft expected, the squadron stationed in Goa will be the Navy's eyes in the Indian Ocean and Arabian sea.

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On Friday, the Goa state government announced restrictions to be put on crowded places in the state. While these restrictions will be in place throughout the day and night, the administration has currently ruled out a complete night curfew. This is because crowds have been identified as the primary cause of the surge in Covid cases. Meanwhile, Goa reported 1,432 total cases and 2 fatalities in the past 24 hours, up from 971 cases in the previous day.

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Amid the rise in Covid cases nationally, the Karnataka Government issued new surveillance measures for passengers arriving from Goa. These passengers will now have to mandatorily produce a negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours. Karnataka Health Department has informed about the order through its official social media handle. Notably, both Karnataka and Goa have been marked as states of concern by the Ministry of Health Affairs (MHA).

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On Thursday, the French-made Rafale maritime fighter jets made their first trail demonstrations in Goa in advance of the official commissioning this year. The display was conducted for the Indian Navy at the shore-based test facility (SBTF) to check the capability and suitability of the Rafale-M ship.

As per reports, the US is also slated to roll out the showcase of its Boeing-manufactured fighter F/A-18 in March this year at the SBTF. Bot the jets, Rafael-M and F/A-18 are competing for India's requirement for fighters to operate from the 40,000-ton IAC, which will be commissioned as the INS Vikrant in August.

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Amid the rapidly moving COVID resurgence, a fresh load of 971 new cases added to the health concerns on Thursday. The case positivity rate (CPR) of both the state districts has swiftly moved from below 5% to more than 10%, in the last 14 days. According to the latest records, North Goa's weekly positivity rate (December 30 to January 5) stands at 18.77% while that of South District is at 15.51%. Goa's daily CPR, as of Thursday, has increased to 20.5%, added reports.

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Witnessing the spread of coronavirus infection at an alarming rate, Goa has recorded the highest single-day rise in seven months on Wednesday. With a total of 1,002 fresh COVID cases reported on Wednesday, the active caseload of this viral infection in the coastal state has crossed the 3500-mark now. Marking a spike of 4% from Tuesday, the positivity rate of the state has climbed up to around 17.8% yesterday.

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Marking a spike of around 16%, Goa's COVID positivity rate jumped to 26.43% on Monday. Witnessing this rise in COVID infections across the state, a 7-hour night curfew from 11 PM to 6 AM has been imposed in Goa by the state COVID task force, chaired by the Chief Minister of Goa.

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