CANACONA: During the ongoing second wave of Covid-19, the active cases rose upto 700 but from last week the number has come down to as low as 221.
The daily cases have also come down from over 100 to around 20 cases per day.
It may be a very good news for the taluka which has just about 50 thousand residents living in its jurisdiction.
Both the daily detection and the active case load may have come down drastically giving much needed relief to the government health staff working in the taluka but the concerned citizens are raising questions over the effectiveness of the statewide curfew imposed by the government from 9th of this month and which stands extended till the end of the month.
Socky Da’ Silva a resident
from Palolem is since then raising concerns over lack of implementation of the curfew both by the locals residents as well as the law enforcement authorities in the taluka.
If one visits the commercial town of Chaudi which is also the administrative headquarters of the taluka, its life as usual.
People are busy buying things as if they are planning a trip in a desert or on Mount Everest.
On May 7th the government of Goa had announced that a state-level curfew will be imposed in Goa from May 9 to May 23, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had urged people to stay indoors as much as possible to break the COVID chain and stem the rising tide of coronavirus infections.
He had added that stores selling essential items, including grocery stores will be allowed to remain open from 7.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Medical stores will also be functional, and restaurant kitchens will be allowed to stay open from 7.00 am to 7.00 pm during the curfew period he had said.
Strict action would be taken if any curfew violations are observed the CM had said.
But now if one takes a walk in Chaudi town its life usual, there is crowding everywhere, people are wearing mask but there is no social distancing.
This is happening daily under the nose of the authorities Da’ Silva informed.
Samrat Bhagat another concerned local informed that the Bagyatdar Bazar is the culprit, an insider told me that the daily average billing is more than 15 lakh, this was not even happening during festival days he informed, the curfew norms are thrown in the dust bin he adds.
The chairperson of the Bagyatdar Bazar is a well-connected politician, forget about the implementation of the appropriate Covid behaviour, no one dares to come close to their premises, Bhagat informed.
After lot of complains on social media this correspondent saw a policeman of the rank of PSI in the company of a few constables going around the town but it is too little considering the number of persons violating the Covid-19 appropriate behaviour Bhagat said.
Diogo Da’ Silva president of Canacona traders association and chairman of Canacona Health Committee complained that both the social distancing norm violators and police are to be blamed for the current mess in the town in particular and Canacona in general, look there is no place to park a two wheeler forget four wheeler, such is the rush he said.
Somehow the cases have come down but if one looks at the reality in the market it’s the opposite”.
“Scientists are saying that the third wave is not far, if all of us want to be safe, every body has to behave appropriately otherwise it’s going lead us to a dangerous situation” Da’ Silva warned.
Meanwhile on Tuesday the Covid-19 cases suddenly jumped from about 20 to 44 in the taluka and there were Wednesday there were about 50 people waiting to get themselves tested at antigen testing counter.
Those standing in queue since 9.00am were seen complaining that till 11.00am the testing didn’t begin, there is also no proper communication from the staff many complained.