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People make mad rush to buy provisions at a Sahakar Bhandar outlet in the city market after the government announced imposition of a three-day lockdown and ‘janata curfew’ on Wednesday.

RETURN OF COMPLETE LOCKDOWN

Govt imposes total lockdown from July 17 to July 19, nighttime ‘janata curfew’

Panaji: In an attempt to halt the inexorable march of the coronavirus pandemic in Goa, the state government on Wednesday decided to impose complete lockdown in the state from July 17 to July 19.

To restrict the movement of the people, the government has also decided to impose ‘janata curfew’ from 8 pm to 6 am, which began on Wednesday and will continue till August 10.

Ironically the government has been saying that the lockdown is not a solution to arrest the spread of the virus, although the people had demanded shutdown of Vasco after two positive cases had been reported at Mangor Hill on June 1. The two cases proved to be disastrous for the state, as the virus spread throughout the state thereafter.

Pushed by the phenomenal rise in COVID positive cases and 18 people dying of the virus, the state cabinet on Wednesday deliberated on the issue  deciding to impose  a three-day total lockdown in Goa from July 17 to July 19.

Addressing media persons after a cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that in view of the rising COVID cases the government decided to bring in strict measures including lockdown from July 17 to July 19 and ‘janata curfew’ from 8 pm to 6 pm beginning on July 15 and ending on August 10.

“We have observed that many people are not following social distancing norm and not wearing masks to prevent the spread of the virus. The strict measures have been necessitated to contain the spread of the virus,” he

explained. People will not be allowed to move on the road from 8 pm to 6 am during the nighttime ‘janata curfew’ that began on Wednesday and will continue till August 10.

“Only medical emergencies, the people associated with essential services and those who work in the industrial sector on second and third shifts will be allowed to move during the lockdown period and also the janata curfew,” he said, adding the lockdown will come into force at 8 pm on July 16 and will end at 6 am on July 20.

“As of today more than 40,000 people have been fined for not wearing the mask. We need to take strict measures to make people abide by norms…,” Sawant said.

COVID cases could peak in the next few days due to downpour, he said,   adding that there could be spikes of positive cases from July 15 to July 20. The Chief Minister said the government will set up COVID care facilities across all the talukas.

Meanwhile, police have urged the people to follow the government orders on janata curfew and the three-day lockdown.

The police have appealed to citizens not to undertake non-essential travel between 8 pm to 6 am as any such a movement is prohibited. Action will be initiated against those found moving unnecessarily during this period, police said.

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