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India's Omicron tally nears 1000 mark; maximum cases reported in Delhi & Maharashtra

Around 320 Omicron patients have been successfully discharged after recovery

Amid the growing concerns of an emergent 'third wave' in India, the nation's tally of Omicron variant of coronavirus reached 961 cases on Thursday. A massive spike, of about 180 fresh mutant infections, was recorded in the last 24 hours raising health concerns in the country. As per the latest reports, around 320 Omicron patients have been successfully discharged after recovery, which leaves the active tally somewhere around 641 cases in India.

Delhi, Maharashtra report highest Omicron spread

The Omicron variant of coronavirus is deemed to be the most highly transmissible strain as yet. Reported first in South Africa, the 'Variant of Concern' has now found its feet across 22 states of India, with NCT of Delhi reporting the maximum number of 263 as yet. Following this tally closely is the state of Maharashtra with 252 cases, the Union Health Ministry announced on Thursday.

Gujarat is next in line with a share of 97 Omicron cases, followed by Rajasthan with 69 and Kerala with 65 cases. Besides, the threat has also captured around 62 patients in Telanagana, 45 in Tamil Nadu and 34 in Karnataka. Andhra Pradesh as reported 16 and West Bengal has 11 cases, added reports.

The virulence of Omicron is limited to single-digit cases in the remaining district. Here, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha have 9 cases each, while Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have 4 cases, individually. Following this is Chandigarh and Jammu and Kashmir with 3 cases each. Reportedly, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Manipur and Punjab are also included in the list of affected states with a single case each.

Meanwhile, India's COVID-19 tally saw a soaring surge in the last 24 hours, with as many as 13,154 new cases. During the same time frame, around 268 deaths logged in the country. The active tally now stands at 82,402 cases

Indian-origin researcher at UBC creates history by conducting a breakthrough analysis on Omicron

The study conducted at near-atomic resolution using cryo-electron microscopy reveals the way the Omicron variant latches on and infects human cells

In a first, an Indian-origin researcher created a molecular-level structural analysis of the Omicron variant spike protein. Marked as a breakthrough moment in the study of the novel coronavirus, this is a first of its kind research on the Variant of Concern in the world. Notably, the research has been published in the Science journal of the University of British Columbia (UBC). Read on to know more about this analysis.

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Satiate your pizza cravings with KnockOFF offers at these 7 places in Lucknow!

Do yourself a favour and give in to that pizza craving for the KnockOFF app is here to help you with the bills!

If your cheat day is near or a flavourful pizza is what's on your mind right now, this list is just for you! Coming to your rescue like always, your very own local recommendations platform is here with yet another important list of places in the city that you most definitely knead to check out if you haven't already!

Here is a list of 7 food joints in Lucknow that offer the yummiest pizzas in the city, tasty enough to make the weirdoughs who don't like pizzas want some. Do yourself a favour and give in to that pizza craving for the KnockOFF app is here to help you with the bills! Just unlock the exclusive deals on the app and enjoy the tastiest pizzas in town.

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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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