Lockdown extended in Jaipur & other Rajasthan districts till May 17 amid swelling COVID scare!

Rigorous bans have been imposed across all cities of the state to curtail virus spread!

In a bid to check the spiralling count of COVID infections in Rajasthan, Jaipur and all other districts of the state will be clamped under strict lockdown restraints till May 17. Previously, the state administration had declared lockdown till May 3 which has been extended by a period of two weeks now, in view of the record-breaking surge in COVID numbers. Amplifying the restrictions, the Home Department has termed the upcoming lockdown as 'Red Alert Public Discipline Fortnight'.

Stringent curbs to break the uncontrolled chain of infections!

Earlier the 6-day (from 28 April to 3 May) lockdown was labelled as 'Public Discipline Fortnight' and now the bans and limitations have been increased. While weekend curfew will remain to be in practice on Saturdays and Sundays, no public movement between 12 noon to 5 PM will be allowed on any day of the week. If any citizen is found loitering without a purpose, he/she will be quarantined immediately till an RT-PCR negative report is obtained.

Stretching the timeline of restriction applied during the ongoing lockdown, all government offices, markets and commercial centres are barred from opening till May 17. According to the schedule contained in the orders, liquor shops, food-related shops, grocery and flour mills and optical-related shops are allowed to operate from 6 AM to 11 AM on five days a week from Monday to Friday.

Fruit and vegetable vendors, rickshaws, auto-rickshaws and mobile vans are permitted to conduct business from 6 AM to 5 PM while mandis, fruit and vegetable shops will cater to customers from 6 AM to 11 AM every day. Milk and dairy products can be purchased from 6 AM to 11 AM in the morning and from 5 PM to 7 PM in the evening. Further, sports grounds and recreational gardens can have their gates open from 5 AM to 11 AM.

Bakeries & restaurants only allowed to provide home delivery services

Processed food and sweet shops, bakeries and restaurants will not be allowed to welcome guests but home delivery services will be permitted to operate till 8 PM. As per the new guidelines, no more than 31 individuals, excluding the band players, will be allowed at weddings and funerals will take place with only 20 people.

Authorities have been directed to ensure that cinema halls, theatres, recreational parks, swimming pools, gyms and all religious places remain shut during the lockdown. In addition to this, all schools, colleges, libraries, coaching centres other than medical and nursing colleges are not permitted to function.

The order released by the state administration also stated that all hospitals, including veterinary medical facilities and labs, will be authorised to operate. Additionally, those commuting to Rajasthan from other states will have to produce a negative RT PCR report conducted not more than 72 hours before arrival.

Public movement without e-pass permitted for THESE categories in Lucknow & other UP districts!

In an extension of the e-pass order, the state has clarified ambiguities.

In a bid to prevent people from unnecessarily flocking outside amid peak COVID horror of the second wave, the Uttar Pradesh cabinet has issued an e-pass system for public movement across the state. According to this order, the general public, except those involved in essential services, require an authorised electronic pass to validate their travel. However, in an extension of the e-pass order, the state has clarified ambiguities and listed categories of services alongside public movements, that would not require an e-pass.

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Additional COVID-19 curbs imposed in Goa until May 10 in wake of COVID surge

Essential services will continue to operate in Goa without any restrictions.

Goa Government on Tuesday, imposed additional COVID-19 curbs across village panchayats and districts, to keep the coronavirus infection rise in check. The coastal state observed a 4-day lockdown that concluded on May 3, however, strict restrictions were ordained here for another week, till May 10. While the administration had listed the guidelines earlier, on Tuesday, it extended the scope of the prohibitions, to include non-essential services also. As per reports, restaurants too, have been allowed only for home delivery, instead of the earlier permitted operations at 50% capacity.

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Oxygen cylinder blast at Lucknow's Chinhat area stirs city dwellers amid widespread COVID chaos

Technical teams are assessing the situation at the spot and the cause of the blast will be made public soon.

While Lucknow stands shrouded beneath a storm of COVID troubles, an incident at the city's KT Oxygen Filling Station in Chinhat, has raised eyeballs across the city. An oxygen cylinder burst out at 3:30 PM on Wednesday while being reloaded at the facility and chaotic circumstances ensued after that. Taking quick control of the situation, the authorities implemented a relief program to help the individuals affected by the blast and further investigation has been initiated.

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In a first for India, Mumbai's Coastal Road project to be supported by monopile technology!

This is the first time when monopile technology is being used in India.

The construction work of Mumbai's Coastal Road project is going on in full swing, although the city still lies shrouded under the gloom of the raging pandemic. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also deployed monopile technology for the project, that connects south Mumbai to the western suburbs. Breaking the usual trend of using group pile technology while making any bridge on a sea or river, this is the first time when monopile technology is being used in India.

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COVID cases in Indore exceed beyond ​the 1500-mark on Tuesday for over 3 weeks in a row!

On Tuesday, as many as 1,805 people tested positive for the coronavirus infection in Indore.

The rising scale of COVID-19 infections continues to cast the horrors of the pandemic in Indore, with the addition of 1,805 new cases on Tuesday. Besides adding to the active load, this new surge denotes that the daily spike of the fresh cases in Indore, has surged over the 15,000-mark for over 3 weeks. Meanwhile, the dip in the recovery rate further intensifies the pandemic crisis in the district.

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