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Jaipur's Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital to study the mutant strain of the coronavirus

All CMHOs have been directed to formulate rapid response teams.

The mutant strain of the coronavirus, which was just recently reported in Britain, will now be studied at Jaipur's Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital, with genetic sequencing and testing of the spike protein. SMS Hospital, which has been conducting approximately 6,000 RT-PCR on a regular basis, is currently developing this study facility at its microbiology laboratory.


SMS Hospital's study facility to commence operations shortly

As per reports, the analysis samples will be collected from the COVID-19 positive patients returning from Britain and other European countries. The study facility will commence its operations shortly and as per reports, it will detect the "mutation in SARS-CoV-2 by testing spike protein and the specific genes which were targeted as part of the screening of the infection cases". The SMS Hospital was also tagged as the first medical institution to use hydroxychloroquine and anti-HIV drugs to treat a few COVID-19 patients earlier this year.

A major chunk of these British tourists have arrived in Jaipur, followed by Jodhpur & Ajmer

The Rajasthan government is in the face of a nightmare, as they are now tasked with the tracking of over 800 British tourists who have entered 28 districts of the state in the last one-week while reports of the mutant strain of COVID-19 have gushed in. A major chunk of these British tourists have arrived in Jaipur (333) which is followed by Jodhpur (73), Ajmer (70), Alwar (48), Udaipur (43), Kota (39), Jhunjhunu (24), Ganganagar (38), Rajsamand (35) and many more, said health officials.

Jaipur's Chief Medical Health Officer, Narottam Sharma, was quoted saying, "The screening and sampling work of these UK tourists have started. We are monitoring all those who have arrived from the UK. In three-four days, we shall be able to reach out to every single tourist from the UK who entered the Pink City."

CMHOs have been directed to formulate rapid response teams

Additional Director (Health) Raviprakash Sharma, stated that they have forwarded the details to District Collectors and directed them to ensure isolation and testing of the tourists. "The department is on its toes and there is no need to panic," he added. All CMHOs have been directed to formulate rapid response teams and survey the British tourists by tracking them to hotels and houses, even where there are bed and breakfast options. The idea is to quarantine them at the earliest, the official said.

Find products & handicrafts from all over the country at Khadi Festival & Silk Expo-2 in Lucknow

Khadi Festival & Silk Expo 2021 will be in place till October 30 at Indira Gandhi Pratisthan

Among the festivities of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in India, a series of programmes have found their ground across the country and the ongoing 15-day Khadi Festival and Silk Expo 2021 in Lucknow is part of the same. Taking place at the Indira Gandhi Pratishtran in Gomti Nagar, the event kickstarted on Saturday, October 16, and will continue until October 30. Head out to this extravagant show right away and let its colourful exuberance light up your festive preparations in a jiffy.

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Lowest tally of daily COVID cases recorded in Maharashtra in 17 months

Reportedly, a dozen districts across Maharashtra recorded zero cases of coronavirus infections.

Maharashtra has witnessed a dip in daily fresh cases in a long while, with 1,485 new instances reported on Monday. The state has managed to mark the lowest daily count and the total tally now stands at 65,93,182. Moreover, as per reports, about a dozen districts and a few municipal corporations across the state marked zero fresh cases on Monday.

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Witnessing a sharp decline in the number of COVID cases in the state, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to call off the existing pandemic-mandated night curfew in all districts including Lucknow. In order to trap and tackle the spread of Coronavirus infection, a night curfew from 11 PM to 6 AM had been active for a long time now. As per reports, the relaxation order issued by the administration today, is effective immediately.

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The second volume of IIT Kanpur's Heritage Olympiad to begin soon

The primary objective of this Olympiad is to tailor the conceptual definitions around heritage education according to the Indian context.

Cultre, supported by Start-up Innovation and Incubation Centre (SIIC), an IIT-Kanpur incubatee, is all set to launch its second Heritage Olympiad on November 14. This nationwide competition aims to combine heritage with education in the conventional curriculum by making it more accessible to the students at school level. Notably, Heritage Olympiad is India's first online olympiad on culture and heritage that aims to sensitise young minds to India's rich and multi-faceted cultural heritage.

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The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation has got a new and exciting offer for Lucknow's travel junkies and beach bums. After receiving multiple requests from prospective travellers, IRCTC has now launched a tour from Lucknow to Andaman Island, set to begin from 19th November. Passengers will be travelling by air, with a connecting flight via Kolkata, to and from Port Blaire.

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First in UP, Kanpur Metro to use 6 Tunnel Boring Machines together to pace up construction work

TBMs from Lucknow & Turkey will be used to construct 6 tunnels of the Kanpur Metro corridor.

Moving the Kanpur Metro construction at a fast pace, the Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corporation (UPMRC) has decided to focus on the underground tunnel work here. This move has come after the installation of the underground metro station about 21 meters below the ground, read reports. For this, Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) will be deployed in the city to ensure that the underground route stretches at the same level, throughout. Notably, this is the first time in Uttar Pradesh when 6 TBMs will be used simultaneously to complete the construction within the slated deadline.

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Lucknow's dengue tally zooms to 592 cases as 26 test positive in the last 24 hours

All dengue patients in Lucknow are stable & are recovering at home.

The dengue situation in Lucknow has aggravated further with the rise of 26 fresh infections in the last 24 hours. With this, the total tally has increased to around 592 cases. However, the dengue status in the city continues to remain stable despite the ever-increasing patient load. Reportedly, there are no critical cases in Lucknow and all patients are recovering at home.

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