1 crore COVID-19 tests conducted in Uttar Pradesh; Lucknow records a decline in cases

Till last week, more than 5.3 lakh people were tested for the virus.

Uttar Pradesh has now become the first Indian state to have conducted 1 crore coronavirus tests, in an effort to curb the spread of this contagious virus. According to reports, Lucknow has also witnessed a decline in the number of COVID-19 victims in the city and now, the tally of active corona cases is marked at 6,700. Till last week, more than 5.3 lakh people were tested for the virus and at the moment the count has gone up substantially. This is leading to the identification and isolation of the patients at a speedy pace.


52,769 Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lucknow

At the moment, Lucknow has reported 52,769 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and the city has documented 703 fatalities so far. 45,279 patients have recovered and gone back home, as of today but two of the biggest areas in Lucknow- Gomti Nagar and Indira Nagar are still classified as the virus hotspots.

Although the low range statistics of last week had ushered in some hope amidst Lucknowites, we still have a long way to go in this quest of beating the virus down to complete oblivion. In all, Uttar Pradesh has documented 3,99,082 COVID-19 cases and 34,2415 citizens have recuperated from the virus attack. The state has also recorded 5,784 deaths, up to the present.

The Uttar Pradesh government has even announced that the phase-3 trial of the coronavirus vaccine 'COVAXIN', will start in Lucknow and Gorakhpur from October. If the trials pan out as planned, the authorities of ICMR believe that the vaccine can be made available in the market by the middle of the 2021. The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) is collaborating with Bharat Biotech for the development of this much-awaited injection.


Avian flu in Mumbai: BMC flooded with complaints as bird death-toll surges

BMC officials have notified that there are multiple complaints for a single death, raising the count of calls over actual deaths

Goa bans import of poultry & other birds from Maharashtra, Karnataka amid avian flu scares
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After the Disaster Management Cell of the BMC gave out a helpline number for reporting bird carcasses last week, it has been flooded with complaint calls given the ascending number of bird deaths in the city. As per reports, BMC has received nearly 1800 complaint calls since the first case of bird flu was reported in the city.

No chicken death witnessed so far

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The cases reported so far include crows, pigeons and other birds but not chicken, clarified BMC. Reportedly, a BMC official mentioned that they have received repetitive calls reporting the same death, which has taken the count of calls over the actual number of deaths. While the state of Maharashtra has culled more than 6,000 birds, Mumbai has been kept out of the loop so far. To this end, the general manager of Deonar Abattoir, a slaughterhouse in Mumbai's eastern suburb stated that the culling of birds is not being implemented because no chicken death has been witnessed in the city, as of now.

Byculla zoo on high alert; no bird flu case reported

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Housing over two hundred exotic and aquatic birds, the Byculla Zoo went on a high alert after Mumbai reported its first case of the avian flu. To block the entry of the virus, the zoo authorities are making sure that there is no interaction between the caged and the migratory birds. Owing to its meticulous preparedness, the zoo has not encountered a single case of bird flu.

Officials from the market department of the municipal corporation are keeping a regular check on the functioning of retailers and wholesalers in the poultry market, spreading awareness amongst them about bird flu. With the outbreak of avian influenza, the sales of poultry have crashed by an approximate of 5% -15% according to poultry sellers' association in Maharashtra. Consequently, the demand for seafood and meat has risen, leading to higher prices for the same.

Lucknow to use both COVAXIN & Covishield in the 2nd round of COVID inoculation drive

COVAXIN will be available at 3 hospitals in Lucknow during the second round of vaccination drive, on Friday

In addition to SII's Covishield vaccination, Lucknow's health department has decided to induct COVAXIN in the city's second round vaccination drive, scheduled for Friday. About 85 booths at 32 centres in Lucknow will conduct the second vaccination session, starting January 22, where 3 city hospitals will administer COVAXIN shots, including, Lokbandhu Hospital, SPM Civil Hospital and Rani Laxmibai Hospitals. Other vaccine centres will use Covishield, read reports. Lucknow has planned to immunise a total of 8,500 health care workers in the second round of inoculation.

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Indore among the 6 cities listed under Light House Project; will get 1000 low-cost homes soon

Indore Municipal Corporation has designed a website for encouraging online application for availing the benefit of the project.

In a step towards assuring low-cost homes for the underprivileged, the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for construction of 1000 1-BHK flats in Indore under the Light House Project on January 22. The affordable housing project is an initiative under the Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC-India) that has shortlisted 6 cities under its ambit. Inaugurated in January this year only, the enterprise will move to its implementation phase soon.

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An epitome of cosmic feels, Nepalgunj is your spot for an extended trip from Kanpur!

Known for the exciting treks offered by the region, Nepalgunj is also famous for its scenic landscape and diverse cultures.

Are you seeking an escape from the tumult of Kanpur's modern life? Or, are you day-dreaming of a trip to some alluring land nestled between the wondrous and the winsome? Then, plan out an extended holiday and trudge through the valleys of Nepalgunj. Located along the western boundaries of Nepal, the town beautifully presents one of the best amalgamations of rich culture and splendid natural heritage.

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Run for the women, by the women, pink autos to ply on Kanpur streets soon!

Proposal to launch 'Women's Special Pink Auto' tabled, Regional Transport Authority may grant permission on January 28

In a bid to boost women employment in the city, RTO Kanpur has floated a proposal to initiate the services of women-operated autos under the label of 'Women's Special Pink Auto'. These vehicles will ferry only women commuters, creating a sense of security among them as they opt for means of public transport. As per reports, the project will be granted the final nod by the Regional Transport Authority, in a meeting scheduled on January 28.

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