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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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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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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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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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The Chairperson of the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Examinations mentioned that the state will go ahead with the class X and XII board examinations as per schedule. While several boards and states have either called off or postponed council exams due to the surging COVID-19 tallies, Goa officials informed on Thursday, that no such decision will be implemented here. Class XII exams are scheduled to begin from April 24, while class X exams are scheduled to start from May 13.

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After hovering around the 500-mark for over a week, Goa's COVID count breached all records on Thursday, registering a total of 757 new infections. With this unprecedented spike, the active cases in the state soared up to 5,682 while the cumulative count of COVID-affected individuals stood at 64,572. Given the spiralling rate of infections, the fatalities have also increased and 5 COVID-related deaths were also registered on Thursday.

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Aiming to boost the highway construction projects in Goa, the central government has allotted funds worth ₹128.66 crores. Entailed in a recent announcement by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, this financial provision shall propel the establishment of 8 highways in the state. Stretching over a length of 39.7 Km, these highways will augment the network of road connectivity in the state.

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In a bid to boost the market of electricity-powered two-wheelers, Goa Electric Vehicle Promotion Policy entails provisions for significant subsidies in this sector. Cutting the cost by a considerable 30% as contrasted with a similar petrol-run vehicle, the new policy will encourage the individuals to opt for using a non-conventional source of energy. Expected to be resolved within the next 2 months, this policy brings an advantage that would benefit the state and the citizens, alike.

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With an objective to analyse the unprecedented rise in COVID cases seen in Goa recently, the state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane summoned a meeting of the top officials on Monday. There, the minister remarked that Goa is the first state in the country to offer D-Dimer and Interleukin 6, the two important tests for COVID-19 patients, free of cost. Reportedly, these tests are being conducted at the Goa Medical College for assessing the condition of COVID patients.

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In our fast-paced lives, we often forget to appreciate the beautiful world around us. Being an exception to this, a Goan woman has made it to the headlines for displaying her love towards a Myna bird. After two snapshots of the woman with a Myna bird were shared online, they went viral in a few moments garnering fascinating from a large count of netizens. What is simply astounding for the viewers, is the comfort experienced by the bird in presence of the woman!

"When will you go home?"

The two pictures were shared on Twitter by Manish Hariprasad, a bird enthusiast. While the bird sits on the woman's head in one snap, the woman can be seen offering her hand to the divine creature in the other. Reportedly, the woman's love for birds has led her towards working for the protection of exotic birds found in a fishing village of Goa.

Speaking about the pictures, Manish said that the bird fell from its nest before it was comforted by the lady. What remained to be a heart-melting moment for her was, when she asked the bird, "When will you go home?" Another interesting thing to be noted is that the bird chose to sit on the woman's head and nowhere else.

Liked by nearly 800 people and retweeted by 114, the content was received with a significant craze online. From being touted as an inspiration to being hailed for having aspirational values, the woman was appreciated in a number of ways. Some netizens also wished if they could witness a chat between the woman and the bird, similar to the one detailed by Manish.

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"What is this life if, full of care, We have no time, to stand and stare.", said W.H. Davies in 1911 and we wonder if he thought that his words would resound in a greater manifestation 100 years later. Engaged in our materialistic lives, we forget to appreciate the natural world around us. Only if we try to seek, we would know that we can find the best companions, right here!

With 4 different strains of coronavirus variants being active in Goa currently, the threat of the already dangerous pandemic has also risen fourfold. The reports of the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune have revealed that at present, Goa is exposed to 4 variants of the coronavirus, including the original strain and three mutations. These include the UK, US and the Maharashtra double mutant strains along with the primary novel-coronavirus.

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