The recent lockdown in many parts of the world and across India, owing to the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic, has come as a huge blow to the state’s tourism sector. Among those who have been severely affected are beach shack owners and operators, many of whom have labelled the 2019-2020 season a ‘flop’.
At the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Goa, faculty members from multiple departments — mechanical engineering to physics — are collaborating to calculate and predict the extent respiratory droplets from human sneezing and coughing spread. Definitive scientific data in this direction was required as the Covid-19 pandemic is taking its toll on the world.
In an unprecedented move, Christian faithful have been asked to mark Holy Week this year sans the many rituals and ceremonies associated with it. While Palm Sunday didn’t see the distribution of blessed palms, Maundy Thursday won’t have the customary washing of the feet. There will be no enactment of the passion of Christ and home blessings at Easter, either.
The state cabinet on Wednesday arrived at a consensus to extend the lockdown in the state till April 30 to restrain the spread of Covid-19 virus, but left it to the Centre to take the final decision on it. The cabinet also suggested that section 144 should not be withdrawn till there normalcy returns.
On Tuesday, nearly two weeks after the lockdown, when chief minister Pramod Sawant made a bold statement that supplies have normalised across the state, he was perhaps speaking only about select places which seem to have stocked it up to cater to the demands. But a quick check across the state by TOI has shown that at most places shuttered shops and lack of essential items like wheat flour continued to hurt people.