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.


A new Plasma Extraction machine to be set up

On Monday, the state CM held a meeting with the health minister and other officials regarding the current scenario of Goa. It was then decided that a string of new measures will be introduced to handle this alarming situation. Testing capacities will be increased and a new plasma extraction machine will also be set up. 2 COVID-19 patients have also been treated with plasma and till now, they're showing stable results.

The Airports Authority of India has also set new quarantine guidelines for passengers flying to this state. According to the new directives, all arriving travelers are also required to undertake 14 days of home quarantine or they can opt for 14 days of paid institutional quarantine. Passengers shall be exempted from home quarantine only if they are "able to produce a Covid-19 negative certificate issued by ICMR-recognized laboratories, not older than 48 hours prior to the arrival in Goa". Pre-booking of accommodation is also mandatory for tourists and the proof of pre-booking the hotel, will be checked at the entry points.

A message to all our readers

Please follow the protocols set by the medical professionals and do urge the folks around you to practise the same. Social distancing and sanitising are the primary needs of the hour and as responsible citizens, kindly stay home as much as possible.

After 59 years, Goa records highest rainfall at 412 cms

Although the state is facing heavy rainfall at the moment, according to officials, the state's monsoon season would be over within the next four days.

This year during monsoons, the sunny state of Goa has recorded its highest rainfall since 1961 (after 59 years), according to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). On Saturday, speaking about this occurrence, Rahul M who is a scientist at IMD Goa, mentioned that this state has reported 412 cms of rainfall from the South West monsoons in 2020. This has amounted to 41% higher than the average value of rainfall in the state.

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Goa's Dudhsagar Falls now open for trekkers; jeep safaris to be accessible soon

According to reports, some of the tour operators in Goa, are also offering pick up and drop services for tourists coming in from Bengaluru and Hyderabad

The Dudhsagar Falls trek in Goa was shut due to the pandemic and now, the authorities have once again made it accessible for the public as travel restrictions have been relaxed to a large extent. This waterfall can only be reached by walking on the railway tracks and several trekking groups have already purchased trekking packages for September-end.

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Heavy rains and high COVID case rise submerge Goa into multiple challenges

All weather stations in Goa record 100mm of rainfall as the state tally booms over 590 new coronavirus infections in one Tuesday

Goa loses footing as COVID case rise on a rainy day spill troubles for the state. The perilous cloud cover over the Arabian Sea brings Goa one of its most intense spells of this monsoon season, clocking at least 100mm of rainfall in all state weather stations. Besides this, an infection spike was further witnessed in Goa this week; the state reported as many as 590 cases in a single day on Tuesday.

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Goa to get a detox as guidelines for the disposal of cigarette & bidi butts are enroute

This step is in sync with healthy and sustainable environment practices.

On Sunday, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to chalk out guidelines for the proper disposal of cigarette and bidi butts, within the next three months. The National Organization for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) welcomed this move.

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South Goa district hospital is now the new COVID-19 facility of the state

All you need to know about the new 150 bed COVID-19 facility in Goa.

The State Health Minister announced that the hospital in the South Goa district, Margao has been commissioned as the COVID-19 facility in the state with a potential of housing 150 patients. Until now, all coronavirus infected patients were receiving treatment at the ESI Hospital in Margao, the Medical College and Hospital near Panaji and the Sub-District Hospital in Ponda.

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