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The Deadliest Snake

A second coming of the coronavirus could be more surreptitious and lethal Goa has been declared a green zone as there was no coronavirus positive case reported in either of the two districts of the state in the past few weeks. However, beware: the coronavirus has proven itself to be the deadliest snake mankind has ever faced; it moves in …

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Risks of Unlocking

Easing of curbs must not create any space for virus resurgence Six months since it was first detected, the novel coronavirus continues to play havoc in the world. The pandemic is now prevalent in 185 countries or regions and there are no signs of it going away anytime soon. According to the World Health Organisation, more than 33 lakh people …

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Movement Of Migrants

Holding back migrants will need deft planning by states The central government’s decision to allow transfer of stranded migrant workers, students and others to their respective states will help them return home, ending the uncertainty they have been facing since nationwide lockdown was enforced on March 25. The movement of people of one state stuck up in another state would …

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For Goans Abroad

State needs to create more facilities to quarantine non-resident Goans Though Goa has been fortunate enough to record only seven coronavirus positive cases so far, the state has to remain prepared to deal with the influx of thousands of Goans who have been rendered jobless following closure of their workplaces in foreign countries, mainly in the Gulf, and who are …

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A Long Fight

People’s cooperation crucial to contain virus, fix economy Even as the 40-day long national lockdown is set to end on Sunday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend it beyond May 3, which has justifiable reasons. The ban on travel by buses, trains and planes must continue to prevent people coming from other states, as …

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Delay In Seamen’s Return

Prolonged stay of seafarers could expose them to virus in MumbaiThere seems to be no respite for the Goan seafarers who disembarked from ‘Marella Discovery’ late last week. They escaped the dangers of the “deep sea” only to land in bureaucratic wrangles. There are other seafarers awaiting disembarkation from ‘Karnika’ and ‘Angriya’ at the Mumbai port. Following fervent pleas from …

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Monsoon Worries

All pre-monsoon works must be completed on top priority PRIME Minister Narendra Modi in his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio address on Sunday warned people not to think that they would not be infected by coronavirus if they have not been infected so far. His warning is in conformity with the warning of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and international and …

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Worst Yet To Come

Goans cannot be complacent in battle against COVID-19 Though all the seven coronavirus positive cases in the state are cured, and no new case has been detected in the past three weeks, both the state government and the Goans at large must not think that the danger is gone. Although the borders are sealed, people from other states who are …

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A Long Battle

State has to make plans to win a long-drawn war With the rapid testing kits imported from China found to be giving inaccurate results, India’s fight against the dreaded coronavirus appears to have received a setback. Following reports of massive variation in rapid test results, the Indian Council for Medical Research on Wednesday directed the states to halt using the …

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Seafarers Are Home

State govt should plan bringing seafarers back to Goa in phases The uncertainty over the fate of seafarers from Goa and other states has ended with the Union Ministry of Home Affairs coming out with standard operating procedures (SOP) that will help seafarers to sign-on and sign-off at Indian ports. The seafarers and their families have been facing uncertain times …

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