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Curfew in Goa extended till August 2; check guidelines here

In a bid to control the rapid spread of coronavirus in Goa, the govt on Monday announced the extension of the curfew, until 7 AM on August 2. COVID curfew was initially imposed in the state on May 9 in wake of the 'second wave'. Since then, it has been repeatedly extended to actively break the chain of the virus. While several relaxations have been put in place here, the administration also released a set of detailed guidelines in the coastal state to prevent any further unprecedented rise.

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Negative report not required to enter Goa for fully vaccinated residents & workers till Aug 5

In view of the controlled infection rate, the Bombay High Court at Goa allowed fully vaccinated state residents and employees posted there, to enter the territory without a COVID negative report. Reportedly, the bench of judges has permitted the workforce across a range of sectors including labour, manufacturing and industries. In addition to this, the provisions of the order shall be applicable to businessmen in the state and those citizens who have to commute outside Goa for medical or work purposes.

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Tourism to restart in Goa only after 100% coverage of first vaccine shot for all adults

In a major policy announcement on Thursday, all tourism activities in Goa have been ordained to stay suspended until the state achieves 100% coverage of the first vaccine dose for adults. The Chief Minister also announced that the state aims to achieve the set target by July 30. This mission will be propelled by the ongoing Tika Utsav 3.0, which is harnessing positive public response and enthusiasm.

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A negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test is now mandatory for those traveling to Goa by train

In a bid to control the surging rate of coronavirus cases in Goa, the state administration has issued travel protocols for all rail passengers arriving in the coastal state. Reportedly, all Goa-bound Indian Railway passengers will now be permitted entry into the state only after they produce negative RT-PCR COVID-19 negative test reports. According to the listed protocol, this report should not be older than 72 hours before the date of arrival in Goa.

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Goa's COVID-19 surge marks a 6.6% positivity rate; third-highest in the country

For over one week, the fresh tallies of coronavirus cases in Goa have surged over the 100-mark, pushing it over the edge to be counted as a 'red zone'. Any state with a COVID positivity rate over 5%, confirmed cases per 100 tests, within a duration of 14 days is considered to be in a red zone. According to reports, from March 14 to March 27, Goa's coronavirus positivity rate surged to be the third-highest in the country, at 6.6%, adding as many as 1,419 patients to its active load.

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