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Goa Update 26/7-1/8/20

Hi

Sorry for missing a week, life has been hectic here. Before you get excited let me explain, tourism, the lack of it or preparations for it have had nothing to do with us being busy bees.....sorry. our friend and neighbour Brian Rutter passed away after suffering a heart attack. He was a British National with no family here in Goa so from getting him hospital treatment, to getting him home in his own bed to getting him laid to rest has been time consuming and traumatic. we are glad he is at peace and we are now sorting the final things for his family at home in the UK, RIP dear Brian.

His family back home were not close to Brians side of the family and they made this appeal.


https://www.barkinganddagenhampost.co.uk/news/brian-rutter-family-search-1-6769449


They have found his sister and brother which is nice.


Well what else has been happening in Goa

There are more deaths as another 3 people succumb to the virus yesterday


https://www.heraldgoa.in/Goa/3-more-deaths-as-COVID-hits-new-daily-high-of-280/163715


The Health Bulletin released by the Health Department reveals the three deceased are a 77-year-old man from Betim, a 64-year-old man from Aquem-Margao and a 71-year-old woman from Velsao. 

The single-day COVID-19 cases touched the highest till date as 280 samples tested positive, while 227 persons recovered on Saturday. With this, Goa has 6193 confirmed cases whereas 1707 are active cases and 4438 have recovered as on Saturday evening. 


Fifty eight suspects are at isolation wards and 72 persons have been quarantined across various residencies/hotels. 

Courtesy of Team Herald.


Indian Express. Aviation regulator DGCA on Friday extended the suspension of scheduled international flights to and from the country till August 31. However, this restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA. “The government has decided to extend the suspension on the scheduled international commercial passenger services to/ from India up to 2359 hours IST of 31st August,” the DGCA said in a statement. Earlier, DGCA had on July 3 extended the ban on international flights until July 31 after it was suspended till July 15

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/dgca-extends-suspension-of-international-flights-extended-till-august-31-6532913/

So people are still here some dont mind staying, some just want to get home. Some people have managed to get on the repatriation flights but the majority I think are happy to wait it out.


Rob has again been busy with is Covid map which is in daily demand by many news blogs etc please click on the link to see the daily hotspots.

https://www.goaoutreach.org/Charity-Blog/2020/Goa-Covid-Map.svg


Most hotels here are ramining closed even if they have the permissions to open as it is just financially not viable.


https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/most-hotels-defer-opening-till-end-of-year/articleshow/77294013.cms


Any that do open are running on a less than 5% capacity which is just not enough to pay staff, they are therefore closing.


So that's the news, what is it really like that out there??


Its wet (obviously) this week has been a mix of sunshine and showers. The place is looking green but now mossy and treacherous under foot as the spurts of sun make the algae grow and the sudden rain turns it into that ice rink you didn't know you had!! Therefore being outside is now more of a challenge.



Thanks to Loonback for the image.



The roads are ticking over but with locals and guys stuck here, there are very few obvious tourists on the road. There are busy hotspots, we have been into Anjuna a few times and that seems to be bustling with the hidden foreign nationals, and we were informed Morjim and Arambol are similar. The regular haunts of the UK holiday makers, Calangute, Candolim and Baga are very quiet.

Would you want to be on holiday here right now?

NO its all closed. Not so surprising as its monsoon but really there seems little signs that it will pick up. 15/16 years ago this is what Goa was in the monsoon....closed but in recent years it has become an all year round destination for the domestic tourist and the brave foreigner, this year that isn't there for obvious reasons. Every year there is newfound optimism for the new season, right now here in Goa there is none and most restaurant owners are not sure if they want staff to return from home villages as they are not sure they can offer work.


As for holiday accomodation, people in residential societies are scared and DON'T want tourists staying in rooms next to them, therefore at AbraCasa we can't think of opening any rooms until that is cleared up and the Govt gives the green flag. However with stricter rules being enforced that go ahead may be out of the reach of many and holiday accommodation this year will be exclusive to those that have the time, energy and money to get around the red tape!!


Schools are still closed and still no football training sessions for kids etc life is not normal at all.


We follow the UK news very closely and see how different but similar lockdowns have been. We had it bad at the beginning when all sources of food were suddenly cut off and people became desperate and we saw supermarkets in the UK open with ques. We saw ours open and we were lucky as very few people had to que for very long due to the lack of population per shop. We have seen the UK struggle for haircuts when we were allowed to go quite early but now we watch in envy as kids go off to play footie with team mates and ours are still stuck inside with no sessions likely. India is still rising with cases, the Uk was optimistic it has beaten it, they dropped their guard and are now struggling again. Does anyone really know what is going on? No we don't, its a puzzling 2020 and my ramblings or anyone else's wont put it right. We have to make the most of what we can do right now.

Today life in Goa for me is again doing some work then more DIY jobs in the house and sorting the years of clutter, similar to the last few months really but it keeps us busy. Not to mention cooking and exercise Groundhog day for us and everyone.


As for holiday accomodation, people in residential societies are scared and DON'T want tourists staying in rooms next to them, therefore at AbraCasa we can't think of opening any rooms until that is cleared up and the Govt gives the green flag. However with stricter rules being enforced that go ahead may be out of the reach of many and holiday accommodation this year will be exclusive to those that hime the time, energy and money to get around the red tape!!!


So sorry that there has been no optimistic news this week, there may be soon. The sun is shining and all looks nice right now. Take care and happy Sunday to you all.





Thanks Arnaud Steckle for the Corona Pic. I think we all need one right now.


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