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Keep Borders Sealed

Identify and quarantine persons coming from neighbouring states Nearly a month since lockdown was imposed to fight the spread of coronavirus, the Goa government has relaxed some rules and opened up some economic activities as per the directives of the central government. KTC buses are plying on the roads but ferrying only government servants. Private vehicular movement too has been …

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The Hiding Virus

The government must test all 30,000 Goans with respiratory illnesses  W ith the recovery of the last of the seven coronavirus positive cases in the state, Goans may heave a sigh of relief, but that does not mean the danger is over. The beast is still out there. It is reassuring to note that the Goa government has not gone overboard …

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A Gross Injustice

UP govt’s biased enforcement of coronavirus lockdown protocolIN what was a total violation of the nationwide lockdown, the Uttar Pradesh government deployed around 300 buses on Friday to pick up students in Kota in Rajasthan and drop them back home. The buses were sent from Agra and Jhansi depots to bring back students undergoing coaching classes for entrance examinations for …

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The Rural Stress

Government would have to come to rescue of farmers and labourersThe long lockdown has hit Goa’s agriculture hard, as other sectors of the economy. Farmers and labourers have suffered substantial loss in incomes and wages. The plight of the farmers whose crops, including cash crops such as seasonal fruits and cashew nuts, are ready for harvesting is even more pitiable …

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An Unfinished War

Drive to detect COVID-19 cases should be relentless Six of the seven persons who were found positive for coronavirus in the state have recovered. The state is now left with just one case and the patient with no apparent symptoms of aggravation is likely to be declared free from the virus in a couple of days. It is heartening to …

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Bring Back Seafarers

State government must get Centre to coordinate their quarantining THE concerns of the families of the Goan seafarers who are stuck across the world mostly at sea over their plight and vulnerability are very genuine. There are believed to be 8,000 Goans among around 40,000 seafarers from India who work on cargo and cruise ships in different parts of the …

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The Human Issue

Balancing lockdown with food assurance to all classes of people NO one will dispute that the 19-day extension to the 21-day lockdown till May 3 announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday is going to enable the country’s health infrastructure to control the spread of coronavirus more effectively. The 21-day lockdown has helped check the exponential growth in the …

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EDITORIAL

Stranded Foreigners A number of foreign tourists were stranded in Goa, as in other states of India, when the international flights were stopped. Their plight was miserable: the governments of their nations were neck-deep in the fight against coronavirus and were taking time to arrange charters to take them home. The stranded tourists were finding their lives difficult in the …

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Seal State’s Borders

Several state governments have suggested extension of lockdown beyond April 14, some openly through public media, others in communication to the Centre, because they feel the fight against coronavirus is going to be long drawn. There is a strong opinion building up among the medical fraternity, bureaucracy, industry, travel sector, farmers and other citizens in Goa that the state too …

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EDITORIAL

Protect Informants IT is very sad to learn that conscientious citizens, who inform the government authorities on persons suspected of suffering from coronavirus in their locality, are being attacked by persons close to the suspects. A young man from Navelim was attacked by the members of the family of a Tablighi Jamaat follower for informing the health authorities about a …

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