Goa Covid News

Goa: As virus cases rise, health department urges people to wear masks in public places
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

PANAJI: With Goa's daily average of Covid cases still hovering around 100 and above, the health services on Thursday appealed to people to wear masks in crowded places, especially during the festive period. For the past two days, the state has recorded 380 cases, with 180 detected on Thursday, taking the positivity rate to 14%. The active caseload increased to 941 and the mortality count rose to 3,957, with one fatality recorded over the past 24 hours. With 115 recoveries, the recovery rate stood at 98%. State epidemiologist Dr Prashant Suryawanshi said that people cannot be complacent and assume the pandemic has ended as the state has not recorded nil Covid cases. "If you take any public place, it appears that people have forgotten about Covid appropriate behaviour. Even in crowded places, people do not wear masks," he said. He said the state has reported around 100 cases on a daily basis, though on Wednesday, the count rose to 200 cases. "We want people to take precautions when they go to hospitals, pharmacies or crowded places. It is important to wear masks, especially with the ongoing festive season, and when crowding is inevitable," he said. He said that on an encouraging note, hospital admissions as well as fatalities are low. Goa recorded 14 deaths in July, and five this month till date. Not just in Goa, but even in other states, there has been a rise in infections, so much so that the Delhi government has mandated wearing of masks in public spaces, Suryawanshi said. "With cases still being reported, we cannot afford to relax completely," he said. He insisted that even people having mild symptoms should get themselves tested without delay. There has been an uptick in cases, while an outbreak has not been reported. State immunisation officer Dr Rajendra Borkar said that it appears as though the third wave of the pandemic has not ended, and ruled out the threat of a fourth wave. "When cases drop completely and remain stable on that level for a considerable period, then only we can say the wave has ended," he said. In February, health department officials had stated that Goa had crossed the peak of the third wave. The third wave in the state surged faster than the first two, and also reached its peak in the shortest duration, just 21 days.

Goa: As virus cases rise, health department urges people to wear masks in public places
After Centre’s snub, MPT looks to get pvt player on board for mobile harbour crane
Times of India | 2 months ago | |
Times of India
2 months ago | |

Panaji: The Centre has rejected Mormugao Port Authority’s (MPA) proposal for funding under the Sagarmala scheme to purchase a mobile harbour crane and has instead recommended that the port must go through the public-private partnership (PPP) route. MPA will now attempt to get a private player on board through a revenue sharing model for a period of 10 years, but this process could take at least six months, said MPA chairman Venkata Ramana Akkaraju. Akkaraju provided this information to a Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry delegation that went to discuss the infrastructure gaps at the port. “The chairman said that a tender will be floated at the end of July where a new crane will be mobilised for a period of 10 years on a revenue sharing model, but that the whole process might take up to six months to complete,” said a GCCI office bearer privy to the meeting. “He also informed that a proposal for funding a crane was put forth under the Sagarmala scheme, but it was not approved stating that the port should try sourcing the crane via the PPP model.” The GCCI delegation comprised Chandrakant Gawas, Dhirendra Thakker and Sanket Kaskar. The purpose of the meeting was to urge MPA to develop port infrastructure. Gawas informed the MPA chairman about the lack of regulatory authorities at the port to issue important clearances in the movement of cargo. “According to the export-import procedures, there should be six government partnered agencies which include drug controller, animal quarantine, plant quarantine and truck controller that should be present at the port to issue clearances, but currently, there are none who are authorised to sign the clearances,” said Gawas. Akkaraju said that due to the insignificant cargo movement, it is not feasible for regulatory authorities to be present at the port. Akkaraju said that increasing the cargo volume should be the first priority. GCCI pointed out that even though Goa has a significant number of pharmaceutical industries that source raw material and manufacture medicines and medical test kits, the companies are forced to ship the cargo through JNPT or Chennai port. Gawas informed Akkaraju that the GMR Group is willing to support MPA in any way required so that both the water and air modes of transport can be used for the logistics sector. A GCCI delegation, along with Akkaraju and deputy chairman MPA Guruprasad Rai, met with minister for state for tourism and ports Shripad Naik and also requested him to resolve the long-pending issues.

After Centre’s snub, MPT looks to get pvt player on board for mobile harbour crane
As active Covid-19 cases cross 1-lakh mark after 122 days, here’s what trend shows
The Indian Express | 2 months ago | |
The Indian Express
2 months ago | |

Covid-19 cases have been on the rise again in India, with the country recording over 18,000 cases after a gap of 130 days, taking the cumulative tally to 4,34,52,164, according to data put out by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. Cases have increased by 78 per cent from the average two weeks ago and deaths, too, have gone up by 119 per cent.Active cases in the country also crossed the one-lakh mark on Thursday after a gap of 122 days. A total of 18,819 new Covid cases were reported in a span of 24 hours while the death toll climbed to 5,25,116 with 39 new fatalities. The active cases, as such, went up to 1,04,555 comprising 0.24 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate stood at 98.55 per cent.An increase of 4,953 cases has been recorded in the active Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 4.16 per cent and the weekly positivity rate at 3.72 per cent, according to the ministry.Where are Covid cases rising again?According to the data published by the Health Ministry, there are 43 districts around the country that are recording a weekly positivity rate of 10 per cent or more. Kerala tops this list with 11 districts, followed by Mizoram (6) and Maharashtra (5).Among the districts, Mizoram’s Kolasib tops the list, recording a positivity rate of 64.86 per cent. However, what is to be kept in mind is that the state does not perform too many Covid-19 tests when compared to others. The positivity rate is the proportion of samples tested that return positive.The other states that have been witnessing a noticeable rise include Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Manipur, Mizoram, Goa, Karnataka and Puducherry. While there are 42 districts in India that are recording a positivity rate between 5 and 10 per cent, the 627 others are still below the 5 per cent-mark.According to the trend this month, the country crossed the 4,000-mark on June 3, 7,000-mark on June 9, 8,000-mark on June 11, 12,000-mark on June 16, 13,000-mark on June 18, 17,000-mark on June 24 and 18,000-mark on June 30.India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. The country crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23 last year. It crossed 4 crore on January 25 this year.What about deaths?The 39 new fatalities recorded on Thursday include 17 from Kerala, 7 from Maharashtra, 4 from Uttar Pradesh, 3 from Punjab, 2 each from Haryana, Karnataka and West Bengal and 1 each from Delhi and Sikkim.Of the total deaths recorded to date, 1,47,922 are from Maharashtra, 69,993 from Kerala, 40,117 from Karnataka, 38,026 from Tamil Nadu, 26,261 from Delhi, 23,538 from Uttar Pradesh and 21,218 from West Bengal. To put it into perspective, at least 1 in 2,602 Indians have died from the novel coronavirus, taking the cumulative toll to 5,25,116.The Health Ministry, however, stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.What does the trend show?Since the beginning of the pandemic, at least 1 in 31 residents have been infected with Covid-19 in India. An average of 15,315 cases per day were reported in India in the last week with new infections increasing by 78 per cent from the average two weeks ago and deaths by 119 per cent.

As active Covid-19 cases cross 1-lakh mark after 122 days, here’s what trend shows
‘Test even if you think you have the flu’
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

PANAJI: As Covid cases continue to rise in the state, health officials have said that people must get tested for the disease even if they have flu-like symptoms. State epidemiologist Dr Utkarsh Betodkar said that people have no option but to take precautions. On Wednesday, the state recorded a total of 82 new cases.

‘Test even if you think you have the flu’
  • People urged to get tested even for flu-like symptoms
  • Times of India

    Panaji: Even as Covid-19 cases rise rapidly in the state, health authorities have said that people should get tested even if they have flu or flu-like symptoms. On Tuesday, Goa hit 100 daily cases after nearly four months, after several days of daily cases ranging from 60 to 70. State epidemiologist Dr Utkarsh Betokdar said that people have no alternative but to take precautions. “People should get tested even if they think they have the flu,” Betodkar said. However, health authorities are still not ready to term the present rise a new (or a fourth) wave. “Hospitalisations are still on the lower side, just one or two admissions a week,” he said. “Since the rise, a single fatality has been reported, adding that the patient who died after contracting the infection was a 95-year-old woman. Betodkar said that most patients reported mild symptoms, unlike in earlier phases of the pandemic. Since the rise in cases, the majority of patients have been treated in home isolation. The directorate of health services is still unclear as to how to define the ongoing increase, but one pattern that’s been emerging has been similar to earlier, which is that South Goa is reporting more cases than North Goa. “We haven’t seen any clusters so far, but more infections are being reported from South Goa,” he said. Betodkar said that it may be because of “the higher concentration of population” in certain talukas of South Goa. The first wave originated at Mangor Hill, Vasco, in the first week of June 2020, reaching other parts of the state by the month-en. While Vasco became the hotspot, Salcete also reported a huge number of cases. During the second wave, Margao remained at the top, whereas in North Goa, Calangute, Candolim, Panaji and Porvorim saw the disease spread like wildfire, but the tally of cases in South Goa was higher than that of North Goa. Even during the third wave which began from December 28, 2021, and started dipping by mid-February, South Goa was ahead in terms of numbers.

Cases up, exercise caution, take booster vaccine says Goa CM Pramod Sawant
Times of India | 3 months ago | |
Times of India
3 months ago | |

PANAJI: As Goa is seeing an increase in Covid cases in recent days, citizens should start taking the necessary precautions to avoid the infection, chief minister Pramod Sawant said on Saturday. He, however, did not comment on whether the state government will make wearing of masks mandatory in the coming days. The CM also asked citizens to take their booster dose of the vaccine. "There has been a slight increase in Covid cases. Everyone must take precautions, as suggested by the directorate of health services. On Sunday, we are administering booster doses of the vaccine at the health centres. I am appealing once again that those who have completed nine months since their second dose should come forward to take their booster dose," Sawant said after BJP's Garib Kalyan Sammelan in Taleigao. BJP state president Sadanand Shet Tanavade said that campaigns to increase booster dose coverage will also be held as part of the Garib Kalyan Sammelan. "In Goa, we have completed 100% coverage of both doses, but precautions must be taken. People are responsible and they will wear masks," Tanavade said. BJP is organising Garib Kalyan Sammelan across the state to mark completion of eight years of governance under PM Narendra Modi. "We will be distributing two lakh leaflets to raise awareness about the various schemes introduced by the Centre over the last eight years," Tanavade said.

Cases up, exercise caution, take booster vaccine says Goa CM Pramod Sawant
  • Cases up, exercise caution, says Sawant
  • Times of India

    Panaji: As Goa is seeing an increase in Covid cases in the recent days, citizens should start taking the necessary precautions to avoid the infection, chief minister Pramod Sawant said on Saturday. He, however, did not comment on whether the state government will make wearing of masks mandatory in the coming days. The CM asked citizens to come forward to take their booster dose of the vaccine. “There has been a slight increase in Covid cases. Everyone must take precautions, as suggested by the directorate of health services. On Sunday, we are administering booster doses of the vaccine at the health centres. I am appealing once again that those who have completed nine months since their second dose that they should come forward to take their booster dose,” Sawant said after BJP’s Garib Kalyan Sammelan in Taleigao. BJP state president Sadanand Shet Tanavade said that campaigns to increase booster dose coverage will also be held as part of the Garib Kalyan Sammelan. “As part of this programme, we are also having campaigns to promote booster dose. People with comorbidities are taking precautions. In Goa, we have completed 100% vaccination of both doses, but precautions must be taken. People are responsible and they will wear masks,” Tanavade said. BJP is organising Garib Kalyan Sammelan across the state to mark completion of eight years of governance under PM Narendra Modi. “We will be distributing two lakh leaflets to raise awareness about the various schemes introduced by the Centre over the last eight years,” he said.

GSL chairman Nagpal retires after 3.5-yr stint
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

Panaji: Goa Shipyard Limited (GSL) chairman Bharat Bhushan Nagpal retired on Saturday after a three and a half year stint at the helm as the chairman and managing director of the government-owned shipyard. GSL’s finance director T N Sudhakar has been given additional charge as the interim chairman and managing director. Nagpal, who joined GSL in 2016 as director for corporate planning and business development took charge as chairman and managing director in December 2018 and has since sustained the shipyard’s growth and expansion. GSL’s order book stands at Rs 14,670 crore, it’s highest ever, and under Nagpal’s watch, GSL has also forayed into new business lines including development of autonomous vessels and the use of artificial intelligence in shipbuilding and maintenance in partnership with the private sector. During Nagpal’s tenure, GSL concluded the contract for five offshore patrol vessel (OPVs) and also commenced construction of the two stealth guided-missile frigates for the Indian Navy. GSL is also building two indigenous pollution control vessels and eight fast patrol vessels for the Indian Coast Guard and a floating dock for the Sri Lankan Navy. During his service, Nagpal laid special emphasis on corporate social responsibility, extending support to local communities and the government and working towards a link up with academia and start-up incubation centres. During the pandemic, he offered to help the state government with isolation and quarantine centres and also contributed Oxygen production plants and ventilator units to the government.

GSL chairman Nagpal retires after 3.5-yr stint
  • Cmde Nagpal retires as Goa Shipyard chairman
  • Navhind Times

    Staff ReporterVascoCommodore Bharat Bhushan Nagpal, NM, Indian Navy (Retd), Chairman & Managing Director, Goa Shipyard Limited has superannuated on Saturday and has relinquished charge as CMD of one of the premier Defence Shipyardsof India.Commodore Nagpal joined Goa Shipyard in 2016 as Director (Corporate Planning and Business Development) following a distinguished career of 32 years as a Naval Architect Officer with the Indian Navy. He took charge as Chairman and Managing Director of Goa Shipyard on December 1, 2018 and has since spearheaded the Yard ensuring sustained growth and expansion.Under his leadership and the commitment of Yard employees, Goa Shipyard continued its track record of ensuring on-time delivery of vessels successfully concluding the 05 Offshore Patrol Vessel order for the Indian Coast Guard despite disruptions posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The yard signed the contract for two P1135.6 missile frigates for the Indian Navy and commenced production in record-time for the largest and most complex warship building project undertaken by GSL.GSL has also established its position as a competitive shipbuilding and refit brand in domestic and export market. Cmde Nagpal’s tenure saw the yard bag several orders on a competitive basis from the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, the Indian Army, state administration and foreign friendly countries. In recent months alone, GSL has commenced the construction of two indigenous Pollution Control Vessels, signed a contract for 08 Fast Patrol Vessels for the Indian Coast Guard and construction of a floating dock for SriLanka Navy.On his superannuation, Cmde Nagpal expressed his profound gratitude to all employees and workers of Goa Shipyard, the Unions and the Ministry of Defence..for their unwavering support and commitment that has ensured that the Yard continues to reach new heights.

Goa: Six new Covid cases on Friday
Times of India | 4 months ago | |
Times of India
4 months ago | |

Panaji: Goa reported six new Covid cases on Friday with nil hospitalisations and nil deaths. A total of 469 samples were tested with a case positivity rate of 1.28%. Goa’s case positivity rate crossed the one percent mark twice this week, after several weeks. Active cases are at 44, the highest since April 2. Goa’s weekly positivity rate is 0.94% for North Goa and 0.82% for South Goa between April 22 and April 28.

Goa: Six new Covid cases on Friday
  • Goa sees two-fold rise in new COVID cases
  • Navhind Times

    Staff ReporterPanajiThe number of COVID cases doubled in Goa on Wednesday with the detection of 14 fresh cases.On Tuesday, Goa had logged seven fresh cases at a positivity rate of 1.23%.The test positivity rate recorded on Wednesday is 0.97% and the tally of active cases has risen to 39 in the state.Fortunately, no new death linked to the dreaded virus was reported in the last 24 hours.Two patients were declared as recovered in the last 24 hours andthe overall recovery rate in the state continues to be at 98.43%.The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa currently stand at 2,45,409 of which 2,41,538 patients have defeated the deadly disease. Till date, 3,832 patients have died due to COVID-19 in the state.Meanwhile, amid a rise in fresh COVID-19 cases across the country, the public health department on Wednesday issued an advisory asking citizens to continue wearing masks at all public places.In an official communiqué, the department has urged people to continue observing all appropriate COVID behaviour as important preventivemeasures against the virus.It is pertinent to note that on Monday the expert committee of doctors had opined that the emergence of fourth COVID wave cannot be ruled out and hadrecommended wearing of face masks in public places and closed rooms.

  • Sunday sees 6 new Covid cases in Goa
  • Times of India

    Panaji: Goa reported six new cases of Covid infections and nil deaths on Sunday. With this, the total number of positive cases has now gone up to 25. Meanwhile, a total of 711 samples were tested and the case positivity rate currently stands at 0.84%. The state has reported 3,832 Covid deaths, 2.45 lakh cases and over 31,000 hospitalisations since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. Goa’s recovery rate stands at 98.43 percent.

States Covid positivity rate up, 7 new cases
Times of India | 5 months ago | |
Times of India
5 months ago | |

Panaji: After several weeks Goa’s Covid-19 case positivity rate, that had stayed below 1%, went up to 1.2% on Tuesday. During the day, seven new cases were detected for 567 samples tested. There were no deaths and no hospitalisations. TNN

States Covid positivity rate up, 7 new cases
  • Covid: Goas positivity rate below 1%, but above national average
  • Times of India

    Panaji: Goa’s weekly positivity rate is below 1%, but slightly above the national average. South Goa reported a weekly positivity rate of 0.8% and North Goa 0.7% between April 15 to 21. The national average, meanwhile, stands at around 0.4%. And while the case positivity rate for the country stands at 0.5%, in Goa it is 0.2%. Goa reported two Covid cases on Saturday with 882 samples tested. The count of Covid deaths and hospitalisations continue to be nil. The count of active Covid cases was at 22 and has continued to remain under the 50-mark for around a month now. Goa’s recovery rate stands at 98.4%.

Goa may see fourth COVID wave in June, warns expert
Navhind Times | 5 months ago | |
Navhind Times
5 months ago | |

Special CorrespondentPanajiDr. Shekhar Salkar, a member of the state government’s expert committee on COVID management, on Wednesday said that irrespective of whether fourth wave of the pandemic arrives in Goa or not, senior citizens in the state as well as those with co-morbidities should continue following all COVID-related guidelines including wearing of face masks and maintaining social distancing.“Places like Delhi and Uttar Pradesh are presently witnessing a surge in COVID cases, and as the borders of Goa are open with flights coming to the state from all around the country, especially Delhi, one cannot take chances,” he observed, predicting that Goa could be hit by fourth wave of the pandemic in oraround June.Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times’, Dr. Salkar said the central government withdrew the Disaster Management Act on March 31, 2022 and as such now all states are free to take decisions on COVID norms. “Chief Minister Pramod Sawant may have said that Goa would be mask-free soon, however no such order has been issued till date,” he clarified, pointing out that therefore, the old guidelines are still in force in Goa.“However, irrespective of what the guidelines say, every individual should take precautions as per his or her health conditions,” he appealed to Goans, maintaining that the threat of the pandemic is far from over especially for the senior people and those with co-morbidities.Dr. Salkar said the state government has not yet convened the meeting of the expert committee on COVID management in the wake of rise in the number of COVID cases in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.“I also feel that the government should not follow Maharashtra in declaring the state a mask-free state,” he reckoned.Replying to a question, Dr. Salkar said that new variants of coronavirus are less lethal, and as a consequence there have been less deaths of the infected people.“The more fast infecting virus it is, the less lethality it has,” he noted, reiterating that even then those who have health problems should not take the pandemic lightly.Meanwhile, Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Mizoram and Maharashtra over rising COVID cases.Maharashtra reported 137 COVID cases and three deaths on Wednesday, reporting a double from the 59 cases detected on Monday.Incidentally, Goa recorded five new COVID cases on Wednesday, while no deaths were reported.There are still 23 active cases in the state.

Goa may see fourth COVID wave in June, warns expert
ISL Shield win with Jamshedpur is as good as anything Ive achieved: Owen Coyle
Times of India | 6 months ago | |
Times of India
6 months ago | |

Owen Coyle has achieved quite a lot in his coaching career, notably taking Burnley to the Premier League and back in English football's top flight after 33 years. At Jamshedpur, he not just took the club to its first playoffs, but also helped them win the ISL League Winners’ Shield. The experienced coach tells TOI in this exclusive interview how he scripted the success story in India. Excerpts… Can we say you are the best coach not to win the ISL trophy?I try and coach a team to the best of my abilities. The first target for Jamshedpur was to win the (League Winners’) Shield. All teams that qualify for the playoffs are very good teams. They can beat anyone on their day, but to win the League Shield over 20 games proves you are the best team in the country. We got 43 points, a record. When a coach does well, people say good things, and when things don’t go right, we are rubbish! The truth is we are somewhere in between. This Jamshedpur side looks completely different to the team you took charge last season when you joined from Chennaiyin FC…When I came in at Jamshedpur, with all due respect, I inherited half that team. There were some good players, but they weren’t my players, they weren’t my kind. The foreigners were good, but not for the way I wanted to play, with that intensity. Each transfer window I had to change things and become better. That’s what I did. I brought Boris (Singh), Len (Doungel) because I wanted a faster, quicker team. Brought in Farukh (Chaudhary) back. In my first game in India (for Chennaiyin against Jamshedpur), Farukh caught my eye. I said ‘oh goodness, what a player does Jamshedpur have’, so I got him back last January (from Mumbai City). In the summer, I changed things again with Greg (Stewart), Eli (Sabia), Jordan (Murray), they were important pieces. Alex (Lima) wasn’t fit last year and I knew what he could do. The Indian players were important too, so we brought in Pronay (Halder) for experience in the middle, there was Ritwik (Das), Komal (Thatal) all having their best season and young Dinpuia, who we watched in the I-League, too. A striking feature of this Jamshedpur side is how players who did not find favour with other clubs did well here. How did you turn around their fortunes?We are all a little bit biased in the type of players we like. You like a certain type of players. I know the kind of players that I need to succeed. It's like a jigsaw that we try to fit, and they fit evenly together. That’s what we have done. I looked at other teams to see who we could get, because I don’t have the budget of ATK (Mohun Bagan) and Mumbai to go and buy (Hugo) Boumous, Liston (Colaco), Apuia. What I do have is an eye for very good players. I work with them, give opportunities and very importantly, give them the trust of the coach. If they make mistakes, honest mistakes, I can accept that. In one of the interviews, Ritwik said the coach is demanding. I am, because when you start climbing up the ladder, I won't let them drop. I will push them further up that ladder, and if that means demanding, so be it. The players here have been wonderful. Let me tell you about Anas (Edathodika). He may not have got minutes, but he’s been a very good professional. You look at young Ishan Pandita. Obviously, Sunil (Chhetri) has been unbelievable, but Ishan (Pandita) is the next natural number nine. Liston and Manvir (Singh) are good players, but for me Pandita is more dangerous. He is a more natural striker. We wouldn’t have won this Shield, if it was not for Pandita's two back-to-back goals. That’s four extra points, all important. Stewart has been one of the biggest success stories in this season’s ISL and a leading contender to win the Golden Ball for the best player. How did you manage to convince him to come to India after winning the Scottish Premiership with Rangers?He’s the best. We were missing a number 10, like I had Rafa (Rafael Crivellaro) at Chennaiyin. When I came in at Jamshedpur, I tried to sign Rafa, but he had already extended (his contract) with Chennaiyin. I was always on the lookout for that kind of player because it was essential to how we play. I knew Greg had a number of offers. I spoke to Steven Gerrard (coach at Rangers then), Gary McAllister (former assistant coach at Rangers), a good friend of mine, Ross (Wilson), the director of football at Rangers, and Steve Clarke, the national coach. I knew of his abilities, what I wanted to know is of him as a person. I knew I had to convince him to come to Jamshedpur and play in ISL. I wanted to be well armed for how I went about (convincing Greg to come to Jamshedpur). I didn’t want to phone him and he would respond ‘thanks for the offer, but it's not for me’. We had a brilliant conversation. He is a champion. When you play at Rangers, the mentality is to win all games. I needed players like Greg. He’s been sensational. It’s important to sign very good players, but it’s more important you bring in good people. If you don't, particularly in this bubble, it will be your undoing. So, we had to make sure that the signings we are making are good people. Were they like the Peter Hartleys and other boys that we brought before? What made you replace Nerijus Valskis, a Golden Boot winner, with Daniel Chima during the January transfer window?He was not happy, so we decided to find a solution. I wanted to help Nerka, but I wanted to help the team as well because if the situation dragged on, it does not help anybody. I spoke to his agent Baljit (Rihal) and he said there is interest from Chennaiyin. I agreed to allow him to go and free up that space. I always rated Chima and knew him before he came to India. He was a three-time champion of Molde (in Norway) and played in the top leagues. I saw his games (with SC East Bengal) and he did well. A lot of people just judge strikers from the goals, but that’s not true. Players can contribute to the team without scoring. When they score, of course, it elevates them to a supreme level. I know people said, ‘wow, you let go of the Golden Boot winner’, but Chima certainly added to what we were doing in the second half of the season. Compared to all that you have achieved in your coaching career, where would you rank this ISL Shield triumph?I would say this is as good as anything for a number of reasons. People are saying you won the biggest game in the world to get (Burnley) into the Premier League, a 100m pounds game or whatever it is, but what we have been able to do here is truly remarkable. We are not the super clubs in the league, we are not a big spending club, paying big salaries, but we have done in such a manner that we played to win every game. Look at the records. This is as good as anything else because of how we have done it, the challenges, the bio-bubble. How challenging was it to handle the Covid-19 outbreak within the team’s bio-secure bubble?That was the toughest. When you do the quarantine (while getting inside the bubble), you are mentally ready. Then when you play games and to have an outbreak mid-season, that was a real challenge. Eli was inside his room for 14 days. We were eating off plastic trays, and by the time the food gets to you, the food isn't warm and (then to eat) with plastic forks. This was a challenge. We had to play FC Goa with one training session. We showed that we can dig in and win in different ways. That was a true testimony. I remember telling (assistant coach) Sandy in the dressing room that the win versus FC Goa will be our most important win because to have achieved that stuck in a hotel (in quarantine) without playing a match for 17 days and without training for 11 days, it was a remarkable achievement. That period (indoors) was mentally draining.

ISL Shield win with Jamshedpur is as good as anything Ive achieved: Owen Coyle
Goa: Another blow to tourism, sharp drop in Kazakh charters
Times of India | 7 months ago | |
Times of India
7 months ago | |

PANAJI: The charter season, already unimpressive as they’ve been coming from just two countries, hit another bout of turbulence after flights from Kazakhstan reduced from three flights a week to just one last month, due to internal disturbances in the central Asian country. The season had started on a cautiously optimistic note after charters from Russia and Kazakhstan began arriving, even as none came from the UK, Goa’s second-biggest market in this space. The Indian government permitted charters in December, and even though they started, they were no match for the numbers seen in previous years. “Due to turmoil in Kazakhstan, charters were stopped from January 5, and though operations resumed 15 days later, we now receive a single flight a week instead of three earlier,” said Anupam Kumar, director of Caper India, which handles Kazakhstan tourists. A single charter a week bringing in about 150 travellers will continue till mid-April. The state has also been receiving a single charter once in ten days from Russia, and these operations are likely to continue till mid-May. During the pre-Covid period, for every season for more than a decade, Goa received the highest number of charters from various Russian locations. The state received about 2-2.5 lakh charter tourists a season, half of whom came from Russia, till the pandemic changed it all. With the charter season reaching its end, no charters from new destinations can be expected this season. “We can only expect the next season to be better,” said Nilesh Shah, president, travel and tourism association of Goa (TTAG). Shah, however, said that Goa may see some free independent travellers (FIT) in the following months, now that the government of India has done away with restrictions for international travellers. International travellers arriving from at-risk countries no longer need to quarantine or get tested on arrival. In fact, charters from the UK scheduled for December 2021 were cancelled after India announced stricter restrictions for travellers from at-risk countries, chiefly, 14 days of quarantine.

Goa: Another blow to tourism, sharp drop in Kazakh charters
Goa: Six succumb to Covid, positivity at 8.6%
Times of India | 7 months ago | |
Times of India
7 months ago | |

PANAJI: Goa's Covid case positivity rate stood at 8.6% with 259 new cases registered on Wednesday. With six fatalities, the toll rose to 3,760 while the active caseload reduced to 3,528. Eleven persons were hospitalised and 258 went on home isolation. There were 15 recoveries and 655 discharges over the past 24 hours. Four of the deceased were unvaccinated, one received one dose of the vaccine and the others two doses. A 72-year-old woman from Mapusa who received one dose of the vaccine was brought dead to the North Goa district hospital and a 75-year-old man from Navelim who was double vaccinated passed away within 45 minutes of admission at Goa Medical College. The other deceased, all unvaccinated, comprised a 52-year-old man from Sattari, 59-year-old man from Margao, 76-year-old woman from Ponda and an 84-year-old man from Curtorim.

Goa: Six succumb to Covid, positivity at 8.6%
  • Six succumb to Covid-19, +vity at 8.6%
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    Panaji: Goa’s Covid case positivity rate stood at 8.6% with 259 new cases registered on Wednesday. With six fatalities, the toll rose to 3,760 while the active caseload reduced to 3,528. Eleven persons were hospitalised and 258 went on home isolation. There were 15 recoveries and 655 discharges over the past 24 hours. Four of the deceased were unvaccinated, one received one dose of the vaccine and the others two doses. A 72-year-old woman from Mapusa who received one dose of the vaccine was brought dead to the North Goa district hospital and a 75-year-old man from Navelim who was double vaccinated passed away within 45 minutes of admission at Goa Medical College. The other deceased, all unvaccinated, comprised a 52-year-old man from Sattari, 59-year-old man from Margao, 76-year-old woman from Ponda and an 84-year-old man from Curtorim.

EC allows physical campaigning events
Navhind Times | 7 months ago | |
Navhind Times
7 months ago | |

Ban on roadshows continuesNew Delhi: The Election Commission on Sunday extended the ban on roadshows, ‘pad yatras’, cycle and vehicle rallies but gave fresh relaxations for indoor and outdoor physical campaigning events for the polls citing reduction in COVID-19 cases.The new relaxations will help political parties hold bigger physical campaigning events in the run-up to the polls in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur.The campaigning for phase one of Uttar Pradesh assembly election on February 10 ends on February 8 evening.The commission allowed opening up of physical campaigning events based on inputs received by state chief secretaries, its observers and the Union health ministry.The Union health secretary told the EC on Saturday that the poll-going states are contributing a very small proportion of the total reported COVID cases in the country.In a statement, the EC said restrictions regarding “outdoor meetings, indoor meetings, rallies” will be further relaxed subject to condition that the number of persons attending these events will be limited to maximum of 50% of the capacity of indoor halls and 30% of the open ground capacity or as fixed by district election officer as per requirement of the social distancing norms, and whichever is less.“If the state disaster management authority has set the ceiling limits or percentage of the capacity for number of persons attending indoor hall or open ground and they are stricter, SDMA guidelines will prevail,” the EC said.“Open ground rallies” can be held only in the grounds specifically designated by the district authorities and subject to compliance of all the conditions of SDMA.Allocation of these grounds will be given equitably by district administration through e-Suvidha portal on first come first serve basis, the EC pointed out. Capacities of these grounds will be fixed by the district administration well in advance and notify to all the parties.“There should be multiple entry and exit points so that there is no crowding as people are coming and leaving the venue. All entrances must have adequate hand hygiene and thermal screening provisions,” it said.In the last review on January 31, the commission had allowed political parties and candidates to hold outdoor meetings in designated open spaces with a maximum of 1000 persons (instead of earlier 500 persons) or 50% of the capacity of the ground and for indoor meetings, a maximum of 500 persons (instead of earlier 300 persons) or 50% of the capacity of the hall or the prescribed limit set by the SDMA, whichever number is lesser, from February 1 for all phases.On other campaigning means, the EC said maximum number of persons permissible for door-to-door campaigning fixed at 20 will remain as before. The ban on campaign between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. will also continue as before, the EC said.Chief Secretaries of poll-going states had apprised the EC that there has been significant improvement in the prevailing COVID situation, a considerable decrease in the number of positive cases of COVID and also decrease in cases of hospitalisation.“Most of them have recommended to the commission to consider for relaxation and allow increased number of persons in the indoor/outdoor campaign meetings,” the statement said.After receiving references from chief secretaries, the commission took inputs and views from its special observers. Many of them said the COVID situation has improved substantially and positivity rate has come down significantly. They have also stated that coverage of vaccination in the state is very satisfactory for the first dose, second dose and precaution dose to frontline workers and poll duty officials.“In this light, they have recommended that the commission may consider revisiting the existing campaign guidelines and permit further relaxation in the campaign norm to ensure greater participation in the ongoing election process. Most of them recommended to increase limit the number of people attending the rallies in open and indoor space to about 50% and not limiting it to a number,” the statement said.On Saturday, the Union health secretary briefed the EC about the ground situation of COVID-19. He informed that COVID cases are fast receding in the country and even in the reported cases maximum cases are reported from non-poll going states.The EC said it will continue to review the situation.

EC allows physical campaigning events
Polls for Ponda, Tiswadi comunidades also deferred due to pandemic concerns
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

Panaji: After the administrator of comunidades for north zone postponed the elections for the comunidades of Bardez, Bicholim and Pernem talukas, the central zone has followed suit and decided to call off the polls for Tiswadi and Ponda talukas. Administrator for central zone Geeta Nagvenkar said the decision has been taken in view of the surge in Covid cases and the concern among members that having elections in closed spaces is risky. Polls for the various comunidades were to be conducted in a closed room hall with several stakeholders expected to be present. “Conducting free and fair elections in such a situation is not possible and is also in violation of the order of the state government. Therefore, it has been decided to defer the elections of the managing committee - administrative board for 2022-2025 pertaining to the comunidades of Tiswadi and Ponda talukas,” Nagvenkar said. The state is yet to fix the date for the elections. Comunidade members had made several calls and representations expressing concern over the rising Covid cases and the risk of holding the elections in a closed room with a large crowd present. In view of the rising Covid-19 cases, the state government has restricted gatherings to 50 persons or 50% of the seating capacity while indoors. On Sunday, the North Goa collector extended these restrictions on reopening of schools till February 15. Conducting free and fair elections in such a situation is not possible and is also in violation of the order of the state government. Therefore, it has been decided to defer the elections of the managing committee

Polls for Ponda, Tiswadi comunidades also deferred due to pandemic concerns
Dont deny Covid positive staff leave: DoE to schools
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

Panaji: The directorate of education (DoE) has issued a circular warning schools against denying leave to teaching and non-teaching staff who have tested positive for Covid-19. “It has been brought to the notice of this directorate that some school managements are not in favour of granting Covid-19 leave to staff of their respective school though they are found Covid-19 positive. It is enjoined upon all heads of government, aided, unaided primary, secondary, higher secondary and special schools to follow the referred circular for strict compliance,” the circular states. The DoE has said that the guidelines issued by the Union ministry of personnel last year should be followed while regularising leaves of those staff members found Covid positive. In view of the hardships faced by such staffers, the ministry had relaxed the leave rules. As per the relaxed norms, if the staffer is positive, then he or she is eligible for grant of commuted leave of up to 20 day, which can be availed by presenting a Covid positive report. If commuted leave is not available, then the staffer can be granted special casual leave of 15 days followed by earned leave of five days or extraordinary leave and this period should also be counted ‘as qualifying for service’, as per the guidelines. If any dependent of the staffer, including parents, is found Covid positive, the employee is eligible for 15 days of leave, the directorate has reminded. If an employee is in home quarantine for coming in contact with a Covid positive person, the staffer should be allowed to work from home for seven days.

Dont deny Covid positive staff leave: DoE to schools
GMC grapples with outbreak as over 200 staff test positive for Covid
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

Panaji: More than 200 personnel at Goa Medical College have tested positive for Covid-19, severely affecting the functioning of the state’s premier healthcare institution. Over 100 of these are resident doctors and consultants, and the number of positive cases at the hospital have doubled in just 2-3 days. Earlier this week, GMC diverted its personnel and resources towards Covid care, and routine surgeries and OPD services were put on hold after a barrage of Covid cases hit the hospital’s functioning. Now, as cases increase at a rapid pace, top sources said that the hospital’s functioning will be badly hampered if an emergency plan isn’t drawn up. “With each infected person required to be in home isolation for a minimum of seven days, perhaps more in some cases, the GMC must have a disaster management plan in place,” the source said. Even as the hospital has downscaled its routine services, it’s the only place in the state for the common man to rush to for emergency tertiary care. “Patients needing emergency tertiary care will suffer if GMC’s strength is further reduced owing to Covid infections among its staff,” he said. “The mild Covid patients can easily be attended to by a medical officer and managed in other hospitals. GMC beds should be reserved for grave Covid cases.” As of Sunday, three GMC heads of departments are infected with Covid and are in home isolation. Presently, the majority of Covid patients are treated at GMC’s super-specialty block, while other government hospitals are yet to admit Covid patients. Of the 300 beds at the block, close to 200 were taken up as on Sunday. The four government hospitals — two district hospitals and two sub-district hospitals — he said, must start admitting Covid patients, as GMC has already felt the heat with a large number of its personnel testing positive. Pointing out to a similar situation playing out in other states, he said some hospitals have reached a state of shutdown, as more than 50% of their staff are positive. The GMC must therefore have a plan ready before it reaches such a situation. “With the infectivity of Omicron being so high, it should not come as a surprise if more GMC staffers test positive over the next few days,” he said. Citing a study of the spread of the virus in the state, he said, Covid hot spots, which were 31 in number prior to Christmas, rose to 73 on January 4. The number is estimated to shoot up to 171 in the next few days, he said.

GMC grapples with outbreak as over 200 staff test positive for Covid
IMA Goa opens paid Covid care centre at Colva
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

Panaji: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) Goa state branch has announced the starting of “paid Covid care centres” for asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic Covid positive patients. From Wednesday onwards, the facility will be available at South Goa at Hotel Ocean Residency located at Colva. Patients will be given a kit consisting of essential medicines and antibiotics. IMA doctors will also provide tele-consultation to admitted patients free of charge round-the-clock The cost per room for a single patient will be Rs 2,800 per day and the cost for a double room for two patients shall be Rs 4,500 per day where 12% GST will be applicable. The charges are inclusive of all meals. “Inpatients will be provided with a digital thermometer and and oximetre which will be on returnable basis. IMA Goa shall also install on-site oxygen concentrators and electric steamers for use of patients free of cost,” IMA Goa state president Dr Rufino Monteiro said. “Positive patients will be kept in the centre for a total of seven days, as per the central government guidelines. Patients will be issued a signed certification for successful completion of the quarantine period,” he added. The service will be available to medical professionals at a concession of 25% on room rates. Dr A Samuel, IMA past president is designated in-charge of the project. Those requiring the facility can contact 9873642589 for availability and admission.

IMA Goa opens paid Covid care centre at Colva