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The Goa Disaster Management Authority has issued a set of mandatory guidelines to control and monitor the spread of coronavirus amid festival celebrations in the state. Deployment of Police personnel in markets for Janmashtami and travel protocols for Ganesh Chaturthi have been initiated as precautions against the infection transmission.

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The government of Goa has set-up new guidelines, operating protocol and procedures for all travellers reaching Goa by any transportation mode. The Airport Authority of India has also revealed that a mandatory paid institutional quarantine will be levied on all symptomatic patients until they test negative of the novel coronavirus. Rules for travel via road and railways have also been altered and here is what travellers need to note:

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The number of positive COVID-19 cases in the sunny state of Goa has cast a gloomy cloud all over, as the stats have surged past 7,000. Although the cases are on a steady rise, Goa's testing capacity still stands at 2,500 samples per day and presently, the state is also lagging behind with 1,600 samples to be tested. So the testing capacities are said to be hiked in the near future, to detect and curb the further spread of the virus.

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With about 258 new cases, Goa recorded its highest spike in the number of Corona cases on Monday. With 168 new cases on Tuesday, the total number of active cases in the state has gone up to 1656, with about 5,287, out of which 1,656 confirmed cases.

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All educational institutions in Goa will remain closed till July 31 in lieu of the rapid increase in the transmission of coronavirus in the state. With about 1549 active cases, Goa's total caseload currently stands at 4861. As a precautionary measure, the State Education Department has shut all school and education institutions in Goa. The department has also advised various school authorities and teachers to mentor students by focusing on online education.

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In an attempt to curb the growing number of coronavirus cases in Goa, the state administration has imposed a mandatory rapid antigen test for travellers entering Goa. Earlier, swab tests were being conducted by the state on the entry of outsiders.

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Keeping in sight the escalating number of COVID-19 cases, Goa has entered a phase of complete lockdown till the 19th of July. To tackle the crisis further, the CM has also imposed 'Janata Curfew' in the state from 8 pm to 6 am everyday till the 10th of August.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic rush, many grocery stores and pharmacies have been facing a shortage of the basic essentials. People all over are panic buying which is leading to an inevitable crunch and expensive pricing but even during such a crisis, a 2yo Goan brewery has taken up a remarkable initiative

In wake of the hand sanitiser shortage situation in the state, Goa Brewing Co. is providing free of cost hand gels to local villagers, health workers, hospitals and government offices.

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