Kanpur News

While the wedding season refers to good business for jewellery and grocery shops, both these markets in Kanpur have pulled down their shutters, given the volatile rise in coronavirus cases. City vendors here have prioritised health and safety over trade and several markets have remained shut since Monday. Reportedly, these establishments will remain closed till April 25.

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Back in February 2021, Uttarakhand's Chamoli made news when a colossal glacier burst in the Tapovan region and consequently, the incident triggered a devastating flood. Consequently, this calamity claimed lives and the rationale behind its occurrence, includes expeditious exploitation of the region's natural resources and climate change, amid others.

To avoid this mishap once again, IIT-Kanpur along with the Ministry of Science and Technology has conducted a study on how the satellite-based real-time monitoring of the Himalayan glacial catchments would improve understanding of flood risks in the region. This would further alarm the concerned department of an early flood, that could help curb disasters and save lives.

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In a bid to restrict the transmission of COVID infection among convicts and undertrials lodged in prisons across the state, the Uttar Pradesh government is setting up temporary jails as quarantine centres. All coronavirus positive inmates will be isolated in these centres, until they recover, read reports. UP DG (Prison) informed that all the jail superintendents have been instructed to contact their respective district administrations and start setting up temporary prisons.

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In a landmark victory against the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of Uttar Pradesh has successfully achieved a target of nearly 1 crore vaccinations, since January 16, 2021. With this, UP has lodged its name as the first state in India to inoculate over 99,27,150 people with the first dose of the anti-coronavirus vaccine, including healthcare officials, frontline workers and people above the age of 45 years. Out of this, about 6,11,595 people across Uttar Pradesh, have received the second dose as well, read an official statement.

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Keeping in mind the surging COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh, especially in the state's capital city, the government has imposed a weekend lockdown. Earlier, the authorities had announced a weekly lockdown on Sundays, till the 15th of May but now, the instruction will be applicable on the upcoming Saturdays and Sundays, until further orders. Starting from 8 PM on Friday till 7 AM on Monday, this lockdown command will be in force. It is to be noted, essential services will remain operational.

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In a bid to strengthen the overall healthcare infrastructure, the Kanpur wing of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has started a special online consultation service. The facility has digitally deployed its super speciality and speciality doctors to provide free counsel to patients reporting diseases, complications and emergencies, other than COVID-19. People can now avail of this medical aid from their homes, as they adhere to COVID restrictive protocols and other norms.

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Amid the soaring rise of COVID-19 infection across Uttar Pradesh, Kanpur has finally received a token of respite in the form of a 20-ton oxygen capsule to tackle the acute crunch in city hospitals and other care centres. As per reports, the capsule was transported from Rae Bareli to Kanpur late on Sunday night, under strict police arrangement. This supply is expected to arrest the rising active load in the district treatment centres, facilitating speedy recovery.

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With 1,403 new COVID infections on Friday, Kanpur's daily case count breached all records since the beginning of the pandemic. While the daily count crossed the 1k-mark on April 13, it ticked up every day, taking the tally of active cases to a massive 7,476 on Thursday. Though Kanpur managed a relatively easier journey through the first phase of the pandemic, the second wave has enveloped the city amidst its harsh consequences.

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In a move to provide assured assistance to COVID-affected individuals, the Uttar Pradesh government has instructed officials to strictly penalise hospitals that refuse care and treatment to such patients. As per the orders issued by the administration, heavy fines shall be levied on the hospitals that turn away COVID patients. This announcement was made after reports stated that healthcare facilities were not admitting COVID patients, even those who required urgent care.

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In a move to benefit aspirants from deprived and disadvantaged backgrounds, free coaching classes shall be initiated for TET (Teachers Eligibility Test), DLED (Diploma in Elementary Education) and B.Ed exams in Uttar Pradesh. Proposed to be conducted on the framework of Abhyudaya coaching, these classes shall support the students in acing the competitive exams. The project is expected to begin soon.

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After multiple defects were detected in Kanpur's old Ganga Bridge, it has been closed for the public indefinitely. Constructed during British times, the bridge catered to heavy vehicles despite being in a dilapidated state. Recently, a report prepared by expert officials pointed towards its dangerous condition, concluding that the pillars have lost their strength. Making a note of this, the authorities have decided to shut down this establishment.

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