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Schools & colleges in rural areas of UP to double up as vaccination centres for a wider coverage

A shift-wise vaccination programme has been planned to drive the vaccination process swiftly in remote & rural areas

In a bid to maximise the coverage of COVID vaccination across rural Uttar Pradesh, the state administration has decided to temporarily use schools and colleges as inoculation sites. As per reports, the government has directed health department officials to ensure a seamless transition, for a faster and wider vaccination process. Besides, an additional shift-wise vaccination programme has been planned for all remote locales to forward the defence feet against the pandemic.

Schools & colleges to double up as vaccination centres in rural UP

Initiating a strong charge against the spread of coronavirus in rural UP, the govt will be converting regional schools and colleges into vaccination centres. This move comes in view of the administration attempt of targeting the unvaccinated population, to avert the crisis of another infection wave of a peak.

On the directives of the CM, a definitive shift-wise vaccination plan will be launched in remote areas of the state to pace up the overall vaccination drive, an informed government spokesperson. "It is important to speed up the process of vaccination in rural areas. For this, inter-departmental coordination should be done", he added.

In villages, schools and colleges will double up as vaccination centres to ensure swifter vaccine coverage. A shift-wise programme will ensure longer operational hours of the sites, motivating people to get the anti-COVID jab at their convenience.

Tugging the reins of a successful vaccination drive, Uttar Pradesh is closing on the target of 14 crores jabs as yet - with a total of 13.97 administered shots. It may be noted that over 26% of the state's eligible population has also taken both doses of the vaccine, effectively reducing the chance of a successive COVID resurgence. Besides, the first jab coverage in UP stands as high as 69%.

UP COVID-19 quarterly stats remain below the 50-mark

Marking a remarkable COVID arrest, the Uttar Pradesh administration and health department claim to have restricted the quarterly rise of COVID-19 cases under the 50 mark. Officials have attributed this pandemic dip to an elaborate tracing, tracking, testing treatment and vaccination scheme of the state.

Around 67 out of the total 75 districts in Uttar Pradesh recorded zero COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, making a bold statement of the state's prevention and precaution approach. Reportedly, the present active caseload in UP stands at a total of 99 with the detection of 12 new positive cases on Sunday.

Amid Omicron scare, India puts its plan to ​resume International Commercial air service on hold

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Amid the emergent concerns of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced a mandatory quarantine for all international travellers arriving in the state. The guidelines have been made more stringent for travellers flying from at-risk countries, with the imperative of institutional quarantine on arrival.

Travel protocols for domestic travel have also been revised, added reports. Now, all passengers flying within Maharashtra will either have to be fully vaccinated or produce a negative RT-PCR test on arrival, conducted within 48 hours of the time of arrival. On the other hand, people flying to Maharashtra from other Indian states also have to present the negative COVID report, irrespective of vaccination status.

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SAI Lucknow to conduct Women's Hockey selection trials for NCOE on Dec 6 & 7

As per the notification issued by the Sports Authority of India, girls aged between 14 and 18 can apply for the selection trials

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) is all set to conduct countrywide selection trials of the Women's hockey team for National Centre Of Excellence (NCOE) this month. As per the report, the trial will be organised at Netaji Subhas Regional Centre, SAI in Lucknow on December 6 and 7, 2021. In line with the existing COVID scenario, a negative RT-PCR report, not older than 72 hours is mandatory to enter the premises. Read on to know the other details of the upcoming women hockey selection trial for NCOE.

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Mumbai-Nashik local train to facilitate better connectivity within Maharashtra soon!

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Good news for the residents of Mumbai as after a long wait the Nashik-Kalyan Main Electrical Multipurpose Unit (MEMU) local train service has finally been approved by the authorities now. As per the reports, if the Mumbai-Nashik local gets a positive report at the trial run this December, it will be launched by the new year. With the addition of a local train on this route, the Indian Railway aims to boost intrastate connectivity in Maharashtra.

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Goa issues guidelines for foreign travellers amid Omicron concerns

The move comes in light of surge in global Covid cases because of the new variant

On Tuesday, the Goan Government issued guidelines for all international passengers coming to the state. To prevent the spread of the Omicron virus, the passengers will have to undergo mandatory RT-PCR testing and self-isolation.

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IMD issues 'yellow alert' in Mumbai amid forecasts of heavy rains on Wednesday

These showers are likely to extend for the next 24 hours in Mumbai

Mumbai, Thane and Palghar woke up to isolated light showers accompanied by low temperature on the first day of December. As per reports, the IMD has issued a yellow alert in these regions for Wednesday amid forecasts of a moderate to isolated heavy monsoon spell through the day.

According to the MeT department, these unseasonal rains have been spurred due to western disturbances, intensified by a low-pressure area over the east-central Arabian Sea off Maharashtra. These showers are likely to extend until Thursday, added reports.

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