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Goa going into lockdown to break Covid wave

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Goa will go into a lockdown from Thursday night to Monday morning to battle the surge in Covid-19 infections in the state, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday.

Sawant has urged tourists not to travel within the state during the lockdown, saying tourism activities in the state, including casinos, will be shut down.

"Tourists should stay put where they are. They cannot travel during the lockdown. Tourism activity will stop for four days. Casinos will also be shut," Sawant said.

He urged the people not to go in for panic buying of goods. Essential services and industries will remain open and the lockdown will be lifted on Monday.

The lockdown will be imposed from 10 p.m. on Thursday to 7 a.m. on Monday.

The state currently has 16,591 active cases, while 1,086 persons have died from Covid-19, since the outbreak of the pandemic.

The Chief Minister has also urged migrant workers not to leave the state, assuring them that the lockdown would be lifted on Monday.

"The lockdown has been imposed in order to break the Covid-19 chain," the Chief Minister said, adding that the district administration would be issuing a formal notification in this regard later on Wednesday.

"Essential services, like grocery stores, pharmacies, hotel and restaurant kitchens, industries will continue to remain open. Public transport will be stopped," the Chief Minister said.

Goa has seen a surge in Covid-19 fatality rates over the last few days with an average of more than 30 persons dying every day from Covid-19 related complications.