Goa extends statewide lockdown until August 16, movie theaters and river cruises remain closed
Panaji: The COVID-induced curfew in Goa, which was scheduled to end today, has been extended until August 16 at 7 a.m. Details of the new order are not yet known. Previously, the government led by Pramod Sawant in Goa relaxed some restrictions put in place and opened up a majority of activities. However, many brakes are still in place to contain the coronavirus pandemic.Also Read – Kerala Lockdown Update: Amid Rising COVID-19 Cases, Vijayan Government is Revising Lockdown Guidelines Again. Read the details here
Auditoriums, spa and massage parlors, movie theaters, river cruises and water parks have yet to be opened to the public. Also read – “Lockdown will be imposed immediately if …” Delhi Minister of Health makes BIG statement. Read on
Notably, Goa, which is a major tourist attraction for domestic and international travelers, has recorded nearly 100 cases of COVID-19 every day over the past few days. Yesterday, the coastal state saw 69 new cases, after which the total number of COVD cases rose to 1,71,883. The death toll reached 3,160 as another person succumbed to the infection. Also Read – Karnataka Lockdown Latest Update: BBMP Now Takes BIG Decision to Combat Spread of COVID. Read the details here
On the other hand, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has denounced the BJP government in Goa, claiming that the Pramod Sawant administration has not formulated any plan to prevent the possible third wave of the coronavirus pandemic. “The state government is not adequately preparing for the impending third wave. The first week of August saw nearly 100 cases of COVID-19 infection per day, with a 2% positivity rate, ”AAP Goa official Rahul Mhambre said in a statement.
Referring to the COVID-19 figures, the AAP chief said: “The chief minister, who had proclaimed very loudly that the goal of 100% vaccination would be reached by July, has now moved the target to September. The Sawant government has not made any plans to prevent the Third Wave from hitting the state or made no announcements on how it will prevent a repeat of the Second Wave tragedy.
(With contributions from the agency)