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Goa slashes COVID-19 treatment costs in private hospitals to foster affordability & augment reach

On Friday, the Goa government slashed the existing COVID-19 treatment cost in private hospitals, keeping in view the steep scarp in infections in the state. Consequently, now the treatment of a coronavirus victim in a general ward of a private healthcare facility will cost ₹8,000, per day, in comparison to the earlier amount of ₹10,000. Corresponding reductions have been effectuated for other akin private medical services as well.

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IMA-Goa to provide free teleconsultation for COVID-19 victims under home isolation!

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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COVID-19 patients in Goa have been allowed to vote in the upcoming Zila Panchayat elections

During the course of Zila Panchayat elections in Goa on the 12th of December, COVID-19 victims will also be allowed to vote but only during the last hour of voting and after wearing full PPE gear. This instruction has been issued by the State Election Commission guidelines (SEC), on Wednesday.

As per the guidelines, the required number of PPE kits and hand gloves based on the number of coronavirus patients shall be provided by the returning officer to the block-level officers. Covid victims can use these items when they arrive at the polling station for voting.

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Tourists in Goa to be photographed & fined upon flouting the face mask rule

Cracking the whip on tourists who aren't adhering to the issued COVID protocol of wearing a face mask and argue against civic authorities, the mayor of Panjim stated on Monday, that police will henceforth accompany officials enforcing the norm. The errant tourists will be photographed and fined. The mayor added that the decision was taken after reports, that certain tourists became abusive towards the Panaji Municipal Corporation officials, especially those visiting the iconic Immaculate Conception Church in the state capital.

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Goa government releases particular time slots for the bursting of firecrackers on Diwali

In a bid to curb air and noise pollution, the Goa government on Monday announced a restricted schedule for the bursting of firecrackers on the occasion of Diwali, keeping in sight the directives of the Supreme Court. The allotted timing for the bursting of crackers is slated from 4.30 AM to 5.30 AM and from 7 PM to 8 PM, strictly only on the 14th of November.

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