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Amid rising COVID tally, Goa reports its first case of Omicron

On Monday, Goa marked a threefold-increase in fresh COVID cases by detecting 67 cases within 24 hours

An eight-year-old with a travel history to the United Kingdom has tested Omicron positive in Goa. Reportedly, the boy was tested as per the COVID-mandated protocols upon his return to Panjim on December 17. After testing positive for coronavirus, the sample was sent to Pune's NIV institute for genome sequencing to detect the Omicron variant which reported a positive result on Monday. Additionally, 67 COVID cases were detected in Goa in the last 24 hours marking an almost threefold increase from Sunday.

Active COVID caseload stands at 465 in Goa

While 25 cases were reported in Goa on Sunday, the coastal state witnessed a sudden spike on Monday. At present, there are 465 active cases of coronavirus infections in the state including a single Omicron positive case. Talking about the same, the health minister of Goa tweeted, "We will take steps as per the protocol of government of India, necessary stringent measures will be taken by the government of Goa in the public interest based on the advice given by the expert committee."

In a bid to eliminate the risk of another wave of COVID in the state in the upcoming New Year celebrations, the Chief Minister of Goa has urged people in the tourism industry along with travellers to stay alert and stay safe.

Genome sequencing lab to be set up in Goa soon

In an attempt to upgrade the existing healthcare infrastructure in the state, the government of Goa is mulling over starting a genome-sequencing laboratory in the state. Currently, the samples are sent to a virology lab in Pune for genome sequencing which takes more than a week's time usually. By setting up this lab, the authorities aim for early detection of this fast-spreading virus thereby limiting its spread while making the state self-reliant as well.

In view of the rising cases in Goa, the expert committee on the COVID-19 management in the state has advised the authorities to impose curbs to contain the spread of this virus. While the committee emphasised reinstating the night curfew, no suggestions were given for schools and other educational institutes. Apart from this, the body also recommended a mandatory show of negative RT-PCR reports of travellers not older than 72 hours, while checking into hotels. Reportedly, the committee headed by the CM of Goa is likely to meet tomorrow to discuss these recommendations put forward by the experts.

Here’s a list of route diversions applicable in Lucknow tomorrow due to Republic Day celebrations

The traffic authorities have blocked certain routes and have created major route diversions across the city on Republic Day. The route diversions are said to be effective from 6 AM.

The traffic authorities in Lucknow have blocked certain roads and created route diversions for the smooth flow of traffic during the Republic Day parade. The commuters are advised to plan their commute accordingly. Read on to know more.

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New ₹900 crore annual budget plan approved to bolster civic development in Mumbai

A ₹900 crore annual plan has been approved to bolster development in Mumbai city & suburban districts

In light of the upcoming BMC elections in Mumbai, the Maharashtra Government approved the annual district plan budget, allowing a sum of ₹900 crores for the development of Mumbai city and suburbs. Reportedly, this yearly budget has been further segmented into two categories - ₹250 crores for the city and ₹650 crores for the suburban districts. The plan was approved during cabinet review on Monday and will be notably streamlined for use in the next year.

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Goa University postpones final year PG & UG offline exams in wake of COVID rise

The Goa University administration on January 13, 2021, announced to postpone the examinations by three weeks.

Citing the recent hike in COVID cases in the state as a primary concern, the Goa University administration on January 13, 2021, postponed the varsity examinations. According to this announcement, all final year UG and PG offline assessments have been pushed back by three weeks. The Goa University also altered the duration of the term break, preponing it to extend between January 24 to 29, 2022.

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Lucknow charts COVID-19 recovery; fresh case tally sees a dip for second consecutive day

Around 1818 fresh COVID cases were reported in Lucknow on Monday, down from 2326 on Sunday

Pointing towards a recovery trend, fresh infections in Lucknow have dipped for two consecutive days on Monday, bringing a huge respite to the city. Around 1,818 new coronavirus cases were reported here on January 24, down from 2,326 cases on Sunday and 2660 on Saturday. With 2402 recoveries, the healing wave surged stronger than the daily transmission load, adding to the pandemic relief here. However, a single virus-related fatality indicated that the COVID threat has not completely subsided.

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DGCA extends suspension of international passenger flights in India till February 28

DGCA announced the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights to and from India till February 28, 2022

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Aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on January 19, announced the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights to and from India till February 28, 2022. While scheduled passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 2020, several special passenger flights are under operation between India and 40 other countries since July 2020. These aviation services are being regulated under an air-bubble agreement to ensure COVID security

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21 Omicron sub-lineage 'BA.2' cases reported in Indore

Of this new load, around 6 are children.

Amid the rampant fears of Omicron spread in the country, 21 infections of BA.2, a sub-lineage of the Omicron variant have doubled the threat in Indore. Of this load, six happen to children including a one-day-old infant. As per reports, all cases of the sub-mutation have been traced at a private laboratory in Indore, in the last 18 days. Since the new variant is relatively new, doctors and healthcare experts are conflicted over the severity of the infection caused by it.

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Painting UP Green! Four 'Vedic Paint' manufacturing sites to be set up in the state soon

The four paint units will be set up at Barabanki, Varanasi, Ballia and Meerut

In a strive to promote the use of greener solutions in Uttar Pradesh, the Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has undertaken the task of setting up 4 'Vedic Paint' manufacturing sites in the state. Vedic paints are naturally procured alternative paints, that are more eco-friendly than chemically sourced materials, making them a smarter and greener choice. As per the Khadi Commission Director, these novel units will be set up at Barabanki, Varanasi, Ballia and Meerut, to boost the pillars of sustainable growth and development in UP.

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