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Preventive protocols implemented in UP to arrest outbreak of new 'Delta Plus' COVID-19 variant

Lucknow's King George Medical University to conduct research for studying the symptoms and course of the mutant.

Aiming targeted interventions for caution and control against the new Delta Plus variant cases spurting across different states in the nation, the Uttar Pradesh administration has issued new orders. Simultaneously, Lucknow's King George Medical University will be conducting research and investigation for deciphering the symptoms and course of the mutant. While the samples have also been sent for screening in Pune and Delhi institutes till now, the process at KGMU will start from today.


Multifaceted action plan to be deployed for tackling new mutant

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Amid anticipations of an upcoming third wave and its expected effect on children, the state government is trying to ensure that no lag leads to an amplified risk of infection. So far, while a streamlined multi-dimensional action plan against the Delta Plus variant is being formulated, focus on measures at the district level for mitigating the possibilities of an unprecedented outbreak has been deemed important.

Subsequently, samples have to be collected across the districts, that are located in close proximity to the states with cases of Delta Plus variant. Thereafter, the presence of the new mutant will be checked through proper genome sequencing.

Additionally, testing drives are being conducted at bus stands, railway stations and airports while the setting up of PICU/NICU wards has been accelerated too. Further, the medical centres have been asked to amp up the availability of all essential devices like BPAP machines, X-Ray equipment amongst other things.

Door-to-door distribution of medicine kits for kids to begin on July 27

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As per reports, extensive doorstep delivery of medicine kits for children will be taken up by the state government. The packets would contain syrups and chewable tablets for kids who develop influenza-like symptoms. Slated for a start from June 27, 4 lakh individuals from over 60,000 monitoring committees will be involved in this process. In addition to this, large-scale awareness drives are also being implemented to promot COVID appropriate behaviour.

Genome sequencing to be initiated at KGMU's Microbiology Department

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Reportedly, the Health Department has been instructed to assure that they are adequate facilities for genome sequencing at KGMU and BHU, as soon as possible. As per reports, a representative from KGMU informed that the plan for gene screening of samples has been prepared at the institute. The examinations will be carried out at the Microbiology Department of the varsity, which stands equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.

Campaign launched in Goa to conduct free breast cancer screening for 1 lakh women

The breast cancer screening will be organised at 35 Health Centres across Goa

The YouWeCan Foundation by former cricketer Yuvraj Singh has launched a free breast cancer screening campaign for one lakh women in Goa, in partnership with the state government and SBI Foundation. Known as 'Swasth Mahila, Swasth Goa', this campaign was launched at the Goa Medical College and Hospital today. Through this drive, the administration aims to screen at least 50% of the age-eligible female population of the state.

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Internet services suspended in parts of Rajasthan, including Jaipur!

The restriction has been imposed to prevent malpractice in the RPSC RAS Preliminary exam, scheduled for today.

On account of the RPSC RAS Preliminary exams scheduled today, the Rajasthan Government has suspended mobile internet, bulk SMS and social media services in certain parts of the state. These services will remain suspended from 9 AM to 1 PM in the Jaipur Commissonerate Area. Apart from Jaipur, the restrictions will also be active in the Ajmer, Bhilwara and Nagaur districts from 6 AM to 1:30 PM, and in Bharatpur, Dholpur, Karauli and Sawai Madhopur districts from 8 AM to 1 PM.


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All Mumbai local services to return to tracks from October 28

While 100% of services are being resumed, public access to the suburban local trains is still restricted.

In a bid to streamline and regulate the increased passenger load in local trains, the Central and Western Railways have decided to resume 100% suburban services in the Mumbai division, starting October 28. Notably, the Railways have clarified that though all services are being restored, the existing travel restrictions for the general public will continue. Only those recognised and allowed by the government and Ministry of Railways are permitted to travel in the local trains, in accordance with the established standard operating procedures (SOP).

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Kickstart your festivities with Motichoor Laddoos & Kaju Katlis from Ritzz Mithai Vatika in Lucknow

This festive season, Ritzz is offering various attractive and luxurious hampers and mixed mithai boxes!

Apart from being the festival of lights, family and togetherness, Diwali is also a free pass to devour as many of your favourite sweets as you want! And when it comes to the good ol' Motichoor Laddoos and Kaju Katlis, there are only a few places in Lucknow, that we can trust! Keeping intact our festive sentiments and love for sweets, Ritzz Mithai Vatika has been serving us with its unmatched and unchanged quality and taste for years now. And once again, it's that time of the year when we can indulge in our favourite delicacies from this place, guilt-free!

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Diwali is around the corner and one cannot talk of the festivities without thinking about the sweet delights that come along. Be it a gifting option or one to indulge in, we're always looking for those delish treats, wrapped in new flavours to add sweetness to our happy celebrations! And when you've got Lucknow's most iconic dessert connoisseurs curating it all, with a heavy garnish of love and warmth, you sure are in for a lit festival this year.

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The 16th National Aerobics, Fitness and Hip Hop Championships are all set to take place in Lucknow from 14-16th of January. The championships will be hosted at the KD Singh Babu Stadium. To promote the sport in the state, a new executive committee for the Uttar Pradesh Aerobics Association has also been formed. The UP Aerobics Association has been given the permission to host the event after receiving recognition from the UP Olympic Association.

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7 new COVID-19 cases of Delta sublineage AY.4 plague Indore

COVID cases have surged by 46% in Indore

Amid the overall pandemic dip, a new subvariant of the COVID-19 Delta mutation threatens to spill new infections and troubles, especially for the people of Indore. As per a genome sequencing report of the National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC), around 7 cases of AY.4 - a sublineage of the Delta variant- have been detected in the district. Notably, the new mutation is presently a 'variant of interest' and not much is known about its transmissibility, virulence and overall severity.

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