Lucknow becomes the launchpad for Uttar Pradesh's integrated COVID-19 portal & mobile app

The new Covid-19 application will help in better tracking of the pandemic in the state

The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister inaugurated the state's integrated COVID-19 forum in Lucknow, on Sunday. The application, labreports.upcovid19tracks, has been programmed and designed to digitally set up a means to trace and control the trend of exponential community spread of the novel coronavirus, helping the state to curb the transmission & growth rate of the infection.


A test in time will save life!

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The Uttar Pradesh administration has come up with a digital solution to magnify the efficiency of tracking, tracing, testing and controlling the spread of COVID-19 in the state through the newly launched portal of Lab Reports. Linked to android cells via an application, the site can be accessed by anyone in the state through two routes of dgmhup.gov.in and labreports.upcovid19tracks.in only.

The application will be unified with various platforms like COVID-19 helplines, surveillance, labs and facility. This association will enable the state to establish a system that will be a blend of automated helpline response, surveillance case tracking, digital building of an authentic database along with the physical verification by regional level employees and rapid response teams (RRTs). It further aims to straighten out the process of infection testing and access to reports and allow its users to download a copy of their test via an OTP generated access. This eliminates the need to visit testing centres multiple times in a tricky environment.

The application has been set-up primarily keeping this attribute of testing and tracking in mind; a lot of samples that were tested by the state were registered against broken address links and wrong mobile numbers, obstructing the delivery of reports and tracking the spread time. Uttar Pradesh is currently dealing with a total caseload of about 3,54,275 cases.

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The digital mechanism will also be integrated with the central government application, a mobile application to track cases, domestic travel platform and state coronavirus dashboard, tallying and updating the numbers generated by the testing labs to the website of ICMR and the state dashboard.

This interlinked set-up will help in automatically verifying, monitoring and directing the positive infection reports to route from testing labs to designated and available treatment facilities and hospitals. Besides, the application will also keep an additional track of patients under home isolation.

Knock Knock

Uttar Pradesh has scaled up testing capacities over the months, in order to identify the chain of coronavirus and break it. And this innovative step just might be the breakthrough that the state and its people have been waiting for. The state has captained all other Indian states in medical testing so far, conducting the highest number of COVID-19 tests in the country, and with this coming together of technological advancement and medical facilities, it is preparing to set-up another benchmark all over again!

Avian flu in Mumbai: BMC flooded with complaints as bird death-toll surges

BMC officials have notified that there are multiple complaints for a single death, raising the count of calls over actual deaths

Goa bans import of poultry & other birds from Maharashtra, Karnataka amid avian flu scares
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After the Disaster Management Cell of the BMC gave out a helpline number for reporting bird carcasses last week, it has been flooded with complaint calls given the ascending number of bird deaths in the city. As per reports, BMC has received nearly 1800 complaint calls since the first case of bird flu was reported in the city.

No chicken death witnessed so far

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The cases reported so far include crows, pigeons and other birds but not chicken, clarified BMC. Reportedly, a BMC official mentioned that they have received repetitive calls reporting the same death, which has taken the count of calls over the actual number of deaths. While the state of Maharashtra has culled more than 6,000 birds, Mumbai has been kept out of the loop so far. To this end, the general manager of Deonar Abattoir, a slaughterhouse in Mumbai's eastern suburb stated that the culling of birds is not being implemented because no chicken death has been witnessed in the city, as of now.

Byculla zoo on high alert; no bird flu case reported

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Housing over two hundred exotic and aquatic birds, the Byculla Zoo went on a high alert after Mumbai reported its first case of the avian flu. To block the entry of the virus, the zoo authorities are making sure that there is no interaction between the caged and the migratory birds. Owing to its meticulous preparedness, the zoo has not encountered a single case of bird flu.

Officials from the market department of the municipal corporation are keeping a regular check on the functioning of retailers and wholesalers in the poultry market, spreading awareness amongst them about bird flu. With the outbreak of avian influenza, the sales of poultry have crashed by an approximate of 5% -15% according to poultry sellers' association in Maharashtra. Consequently, the demand for seafood and meat has risen, leading to higher prices for the same.

Lucknow to use both COVAXIN & Covishield in the 2nd round of COVID inoculation drive

COVAXIN will be available at 3 hospitals in Lucknow during the second round of vaccination drive, on Friday

In addition to SII's Covishield vaccination, Lucknow's health department has decided to induct COVAXIN in the city's second round vaccination drive, scheduled for Friday. About 85 booths at 32 centres in Lucknow will conduct the second vaccination session, starting January 22, where 3 city hospitals will administer COVAXIN shots, including, Lokbandhu Hospital, SPM Civil Hospital and Rani Laxmibai Hospitals. Other vaccine centres will use Covishield, read reports. Lucknow has planned to immunise a total of 8,500 health care workers in the second round of inoculation.

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Indore among the 6 cities listed under Light House Project; will get 1000 low-cost homes soon

Indore Municipal Corporation has designed a website for encouraging online application for availing the benefit of the project.

In a step towards assuring low-cost homes for the underprivileged, the Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone for construction of 1000 1-BHK flats in Indore under the Light House Project on January 22. The affordable housing project is an initiative under the Global Housing Technology Challenge-India (GHTC-India) that has shortlisted 6 cities under its ambit. Inaugurated in January this year only, the enterprise will move to its implementation phase soon.

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An epitome of cosmic feels, Nepalgunj is your spot for an extended trip from Kanpur!

Known for the exciting treks offered by the region, Nepalgunj is also famous for its scenic landscape and diverse cultures.

Are you seeking an escape from the tumult of Kanpur's modern life? Or, are you day-dreaming of a trip to some alluring land nestled between the wondrous and the winsome? Then, plan out an extended holiday and trudge through the valleys of Nepalgunj. Located along the western boundaries of Nepal, the town beautifully presents one of the best amalgamations of rich culture and splendid natural heritage.

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Run for the women, by the women, pink autos to ply on Kanpur streets soon!

Proposal to launch 'Women's Special Pink Auto' tabled, Regional Transport Authority may grant permission on January 28

In a bid to boost women employment in the city, RTO Kanpur has floated a proposal to initiate the services of women-operated autos under the label of 'Women's Special Pink Auto'. These vehicles will ferry only women commuters, creating a sense of security among them as they opt for means of public transport. As per reports, the project will be granted the final nod by the Regional Transport Authority, in a meeting scheduled on January 28.

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