Goa: In the wake of a rise in Covid-19 cases in the coastal state, the Goa government on Monday imposed a night curfew in the state. The curfew orders are said to be in place from 11 pm to 6 am everyday.Goa reported 10.7% Covid-19 positivity rate on Sunday.
Earlier in the day, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant also announced that physical classes for schools and colleges will remain closed till January 26 in view of a surge in Covid cases in the coastal state.
After a meeting of the state government’s task force on Covid management, Dr. Shekhar Salkar, a member of the state’s COVID Task Force said on Monday, “Schools and colleges will be closed in Goa till January 26 in view of the rising Covid cases. Classes will be conducted online during the period. The task force is chaired by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
“The government is also imposing a night curfew from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. A formal order will follow tonight or tomorrow. Restrictions will also be imposed on indoor functions,” he said.
Salkar also said that while offline classes will not be conducted in schools and colleges, students who are eligible for vaccination will be inoculated in school premises over the next few days, after which they are not required to visit their respective schools until January 26.
“The task force will meet again to review the situation a couple of days before January 26, to take a decision on the future course of action.
The weekly Covid-19 positivity in the state is around five per cent due to which the restrictions have been imposed, he said. The state government would also enforce restrictions on indoor activities, he said.
The official also said that though the number of Covid-19 cases in the state was high, the deaths and hospitalisation rate were low.
On Sunday, Goa registered 388 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the infection tally in the state to 1,81,570, while one death raised the toll to 3,523, according to the official data.