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Janta curfew: streets, beaches in Goa empty

All locked in:Mandovi bridge in Panaji wears a deserted look on Sunday.Atish PomburfekarAtish Pomburfekar

All locked in:Mandovi bridge in Panaji wears a deserted look on Sunday.Atish PomburfekarAtish Pomburfekar  

CM releases picture of ‘quality time’ with daughter

Streets and beaches in Goa remained empty on Sunday as people observed the 14-hour Janta curfew initiated to check the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Everything apart from essential services, including bus services, commercial establishments, restaurants, markets and places of worship, were shut and people remained inside their homes. The Goa Church also cancelled its Sunday Masses all over the State to avoid crowding.

Prominent temples, including the Mangueshi temple, the Mahalsa Narayani temple at Mardol and the Kamakshi temple in North Goa district were shut. Gudi Padwa festivities, scheduled for later this week, have also been cancelled, officials said.

Leaders cutting across party lines supported the Janta curfew, which was proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant released pictures where he was seen playing chess with his daughter at his residence in Sakhalim. “I am reviewing and monitoring the situation across the State with respect to movement on borders and healthcare services. Also, I had an opportunity to spend some quality time with my family. I request everyone to stay indoors with their loved ones,” Mr. Sawant said.

In another statement, the CM asked mediapersons not to venture out, and said he would be providing visuals of the Janta curfew across the State through security agencies which are on duty.

State BJP chief Sadanand Tanavade thanked all the people for cooperating and said it was time to flatten the curve. “I am happy that all the political parties have extended their support to this day,” he said.

Mr. Sawant said the State may see more days of lockdown after the curfew is over, and a decision was yet to be taken on it.

Goa has not reported a single case of the virus yet.

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