Lockdown curbs to extend in Goa till May 10 to arrest the surge of COVID infections!

The 4-day COVID lockdown was lifted in Goa at 6 AM on Monday, however, restrictions will continue at tourist hotspots till May 10.

In light of the continual rise of coronavirus cases in Goa, the state government on Sunday, decided to extend the scope of the 4-day lockdown until May 10. Reportedly, all casinos, bars, sports complexes, river cruises, gyms, schools, colleges and weekly markets have been directed to remain fully closed from 6 AM on May 3 to 7 AM on May 10. Officials have informed that strict precautionary curbs will also extend at all tourist hotspots, including Calangute and Candolim among others.

Lockdown extends in Goa: Restrictions & Relaxations

Goa will continue to follow COVID-related restrictions for eight more days, even after the four-day lockdown imposed by the state government ends on Monday morning, the Chief Minister said. "There will be no lockdown henceforth. In view of the increase in the mortality rate, Covid-19 restrictions will be strictly followed from this Monday to the coming Monday", he commented. The decision has been passed in view of the relentless threat of the pandemic here.

The new set of restrictions are fairly similar to the ones imposed in the erstwhile four-day lockdown, however, certain relaxations have been offered as well. All stores selling essential goods and restaurants can now operate from 7 AM to 7 PM while restaurant kitchens can open till late and 50% of occupancy have been now permitted in their seating areas. Similarly, government offices can work at 50% capacity, the CM added.

All social, political, sports, entertainment, academic and cultural events have been banned and only 50 people can attend a wedding ceremony. Casinos, bars, sports complexes, cinema halls, spa, massage centre and malls would be closed as part of the restrictions.

Tourist belt lockdown

Meanwhile, the Port Minister on Monday stated that the tourism belt of North Goa will further be locked to subdue the force of the infection spread. The minister informed that the panchayats of Calangute, Candolim and Arpora-Nagoa villages in Goa, have passed orders to observe a strict lockdown here. These regions are very popular among tourists and may develop as epicentres of virus growth in the state

"COVID restrictions should be followed by all. Life is important. If COVID norms are not followed, strict action will follow. We want to reduce COVID deaths and cases in the state", the CM stated. Goa has entered a war zone with the coronavirus that claimed the lives of 52 people and added 2,030 new infections on Sunday, to the aggregate tally. Recovery is churning at 72.9% here and about 1,255 discharges were noted here in the last 24 hours.

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When COVID infection rates are exploding all across the country, vaccination seems to be the only respite for the citizens. With the launch of extensive drives for all individuals above the age of 18, inoculation of a humongous count of individuals will be witnessed in the upcoming days and weeks. While we are all planning to get our slots booked on an urgent basis, we must not forget that the immunisation centres can also turn into contagion hotspots, if proper precautions are not undertaken. So, here are the 5 things to keep in mind as you step out to get your immunity booster jab, that will prevent you from getting the virus back home!

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Hackathon by Lucknow's AKTU to find inventive solutions for the ongoing oxygen crisis!

All interested individuals can apply through the registration portal on the university website by May 10 (5 PM).

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'Breathe India' initiative by IIT Kanpur alumni racks up over 3 cr for tackling rife LMO crisis!

After successful operations in Delhi, they are expanding their reach to UP with the help of a Lucknow based NGO.

When citizens across the country are grappling due to a dire shortage of oxygen amid the second wave of the pandemic, a group of alumni from IIT Kanpur have taken it upon their shoulders to assure enhanced supplies of the medical necessity. Through a crowdfunded initiative, 'Breathe India', the group has raised more than 3 crores and ordered oxygen concentrators for medical centres across Delhi. Now, they are expanding this scope of help to Uttar Pradesh with the help of a Lucknow-based NGO.

Right Walk Foundation in Lucknow to support 'Breathe India' in UP

After remarkable triumphs in the first week of the campaign, the alumni collective has now associated with Lucknow's Right Walk Foundation for its programs in Uttar Pradesh. Here, the group aims to distribute concentrators, oxygen cylinders, oximeters and other equipment among the underprivileged individuals. With this, the net target of the campaign has been augmented to ₹4 crores and the initiators anticipate that they would reach this goal soon.

Working on the lines of 'social inclusion', Right Walk Foundation assures support and assistance to slum-dwelling communities across 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Highlighting the need for public advocacy, the organisation attempts to create an ecosystem of equity and sustainability.

Successful in assuring widespread relief


As per the information provided on their campaign page, over 250 concentrators are being provided through this program to hospitals and COVID care centres. Marking collaborative efforts with SaveLife Foundation, this group of samaritans have been successful in assuring relief in a much greater measure, than their initial expectations. All of the resources are being delivered across Delhi, working in alignment with the requirements observed by the Delhi Government.

The facilitators consist of Ashutosh Ranka, Isha Agarwal, Nikhil Asati, Kavya Eluru, Randhir Shah- each one from a different batch of IIT-K. Together, they have embarked on a journey to help scores of citizens and save hundreds of Life.

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