Lucknow

Lucknow's BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium has found its name in the list of 9 venues proposed by the BCCI for the flagship T20 World Cup 2021, scheduled in India. The venues have been decided upon in an apex council of the national cricket board and includes Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Dharamshala, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai along with Lucknow. The suggestions have been sent to the ICC, which holds the final discretion over the venue selection

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While Lucknow is facing a severe shortage of medical-grade oxygen amid peak COVID surge, the state has requested the Railways for the services of an 'Oxygen Express' in the city. This is a goods train that is operating all over India as a 'roll-on roll-off service' with road tankers in place of regular wagons.

For the Lucknow run, these tankers will shuttle Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) from Bokaro in Jharkhand to Charbagh, Lucknow. Reportedly, the special rail carrying 6-8 empty tankers was flagged off on Wednesday night from Lucknow's railway station and it made its way towards Bokaro, to bring back bulk oxygen to the worst-hit district in Uttar Pradesh.

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Amid the COVID distress in Uttar Pradesh, the state government on Wednesday announced a 28-day paid leave for employees, who are quarantined or are under the infection radar- confirmed or suspected. This decision has been implemented on the basis of Section 2 of the March 2020 Ordinance, relating to Section 2 of the Epidemic Act, 1987. Consequently, paid COVID-19 leave, up to 28 days is permissible when such workers submit their medical certificate to the employer or authorised person, at the time of joining duty.

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Lucknow University has decided that it will seek permission from the government to promote its first semester UG and PG students without final assessments, as their exams were postponed in view of the rise in COVID cases. Further, the University has decided that it will commence the second-semester classes for all undergraduate and master as online programmes. This decision was taken in a meeting of all department heads, presidents and university deans, under the council of the LU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alok Kumar Roy.

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The Lucknow District Administration and Chief Medical Officer have issued new directives to city hospitals and care centres to ensure that each COVID patient gets her/his due treatment. While the state government has directed officials to impose strict fines on all hospitals that refuse care and treatment to patients, Lucknow's CMO has issued a contact list of nodal officers, to assure medical assistance to those who are not able to get a hospital bed.

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Settled tight in the clutches of the coronavirus threat, the state of Uttar Pradesh has taken a slew of measure to raise a defence against the alarming surge of infection. The State Cabinet, Health Department and district bodies have launched a multi-thronged test, 'trace and treat system', to curb the rise of COVID-19. From increasing medical staff and monitoring committees to ramping up healthcare infrastructure and resources, UP has pulled up its proverbial socks to tackle the COVID surge.

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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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While Lucknow is recording a high number of COVID tallies each day, the primary concern here is that the pandemic threat is now plaguing the health staff also. More than 30% of the health workers have tested positive for the COVID infection in the city, consequently, adding to the active tallies while reducing the number of working staff. This has adversely affected treatment services at various hospitals across Lucknow.

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Amid the high spike of COVID cases and staggered recovery due to the shortage of resources, Knocksense Lucknow has initiated a Plasma Donation Drive to boost coronavirus treatment across the city. As the name suggests, this is a 'volunteer registration programme' for plasma donation which will help create a database of eligible donors, who have recovered from the infection in the last 2 to 4 weeks. These details can then be availed by people in need, saving plenty of efforts in the hour of emergency.

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On Tuesday, the Oudh Oxygen Centre in Lucknow conducted an oxygen supply camp for the benefit of several recovering patients. Several people from all across the city flocked to this centre at Talkatora Road, Mawaaiya Industrial area, to supplement their oxygen supplies amid an overall acute shortage. A similar drive was also held at Mauraru Nagar, easing the availability of medicinal oxygen; a major respite in these desperate times.

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