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Fans & visitors disallowed at AFC Champions League matches in Goa due to COVID-19 fear

All set to start on April 14, the tournament will witness the participation by FC Goa.

Alerted by the ascending COVID cases, the All India Football Federation announced that fans and visitors will not be allowed in the Group E matches of the AFC Champions League, slated to be held in Goa. All set to start on April 14, the tournament will witness the participation by FC Goa. One of the best teams in India, FC Goa got selected after securing the top spot in Indian Super League(ISL) last season.

FC Goa to participate in 6 matches of the tournament

The team from Goa will be competing against last year's runners-up Persepolis, Qatar Stars League side Al-Rayyan and the winner of the match between Al Wahda from UAE and Al Zaawra from Iraq. While the sports lovers were waiting anxiously for this special event, the tournament cannot be conducted with a large audience amid the ongoing pandemic. Previously, multiple cricket matches including the ones from the famed IPL was were played with no or restricted audience.

On the first day of the tournament, Persepolis FC and Goan FC will be seen battling against their respective contenders. While most of the matches will be played at Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, GMC Athletic Stadium in Banbolim will be an alternative venue. According to the event layout, Goa will be playing 6 matches, 5 of which are scheduled for 8:30 PM.

Surging COVID cases in Goa after a 5-month gap!

Goa breached its COVID-19 numbers of past 5 months with a report of 265 new cases on Thursday, the highest tally in 2021. Currently, the state has 1,716 active patients of coronavirus while the cumulative count of affected individuals stands at 58,304. Given the recent spike noticed after a long period of time, the authorities in the state are assuring that all guidelines and restrictions are followed strictly.

UP Elections 2022: Postal ballot facility to be rolled out for elderlies & COVID patients

Postal ballot box will be provided at homes to ensure that senior citizens, COVID-19 patients and the physically challenged persons are able to cast their votes in with ease

Uttar Pradesh State Election Commission has launched a postal ballot facility to ease matters for citizens. Amid concerns over rising COVID-19 cases, the EC stressed that their first and foremost objective is a 'COVID safe election'. The postal ballot box will be provided at homes to ensure that senior citizens, COVID-19 patients and physically challenged persons are able to cast their votes in with ease while ensuring that no citizen of India is deprived of their universal adult franchise.

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3,517 new cases reported in Lucknow on Wednesday

Nearing the 1-lakh mark, the active caseload in Uttar Pradesh has reached a total of 98,238 cases, as of January 19

With 3,517 new cases reported on Wednesday, the surge in COVID cases continues in Lucknow. This has brought up the total number of active cases in the city to 16,943. According to the daily health bulletin released by the administration, one casualty related to coronavirus was also marked in the city on January 19. Read more to know about the current status of coronavirus in Lucknow and other districts of Uttar Pradesh.

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With the completion of track laying work on the Metro Line 2A and Metro Line 7, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is all set to start its commercial run for the public of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region soon. While MMRDA has completed the work on Phase 1(Dahanukarwadi and Aarey) of this project, the nodal agency awaits the clearance certificate from the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) now.

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SGPGI in Lucknow issues fresh guidelines for consultations in OPD & IPD admissions

Apart from the RT-PCR, a negative TrueNat test report of COVID will also be accepted at the time of entry in PGI

In view of the rising COVID cases in the city, the administration of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences has issued new guidelines for admission in the Outpatient Department(OPD) and Inpatient Department (IPD). As per the new rules, a negative COVID test report is mandatory for those intending to get appointments for consultations with doctors or admission in IPD. Read on to know more about the fresh guidelines now applicable at SGPGI in Lucknow.

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Industrial plots in Talkatora & Aishbagh areas of Lucknow can be used as housing units!

The decision has come as a big relief to the owners of a few industrial plots who've been waiting to use their lands for housing purposes for many years

In a bid to turn the city into a Smart City, the district administration has now approved the use of industrial plots as residential buildings in the Talkatora and Aishbagh areas of Lucknow. With this new norm, the use of industrial lands as housing units has now become easier in Lucknow. This also means that multi-storey residential buildings can be constructed in these two industrial areas in the city.

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India registers over 2.8 lakh fresh COVID cases on Wednesday

With a recovery rate of 93.88%, 1,88,157 patients marked their recovery on Wednesday, taking the total tally to 3,55,83,039 recoveries in India

Registering a spike of more than 18% on the daily COVID figures of the previous day, India reported 2,82,970 fresh cases of coronavirus on Wednesday. According to the press release issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, adding the cases detected on January 18, the active caseload of the country has now climbed to 18,31,000 cases.

Notably, this is the highest figure the country has seen in the last 232 days as 18,95,520 active cases were reported on May 31, 2021. Read on to know more about the status of coronavirus infection in India.

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Now bike ambulances to deliver medicines to COVID-19 patients in Jaipur

Citizens in home quarantine can dial 108 to avail of the services

In a bid to provide relief to those in home quaranatine in Jaipur, a new service has been rolled out by the health authorities in the city. Amid the rising threat of infection outside, bike ambulances will ensure that the medicines reach the citizens in quarantine, right in time. All one has to do is dial 108, to avail of this service, wherein one can get medicines delivered at home.

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