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All public & private offices in Lucknow allowed to function with only 50% staff

An RT-PCR negative test is now mandatory for all travellers arriving in Lucknow

The newly appointed Chief Secretary of the state, Durga Shankar Prasad, has issued fresh directives in wake of the soaring rise of COVID cases in Lucknow. As per reports, the orders permit only 50% of staff to work from offices, across all government set-ups and private organisations in the city. This norm aims to break the chain of coronavirus spread by limiting physical contact. Check all guidelines here:

7-day home quarantine for COVID positives in private offices

As per the latest COVID norms and restrictions issued in Lucknow, all offices have been directed to operate at staggered 50% occupancy. A 7-day home quarantine has also been marked mandatory for all private office employees, on being tested positive. Tracking, tracing and testing have been increased in Lucknow to detect and monitor the infection and nip it in the nascent stage only.

Besides, all arrivals in Lucknow are permitted only on account of a negative RT-PCR negative test report. All travellers, be it domestic or international, have to produce a COVID report upon reaching the city. Earlier, the order was limited only to foreign tourists and returnees from 'at-risk' countries. However, the order has now been revised as over 200 cases traced in Lucknow on Monday reported travel history.

The Lucknow COVID update

A total of 1345 fresh COVID cases were traced in Lucknow on Tuesday, the highest-ever daily spike reported during the third Omicron wave. Of these, the biggest share of 234 was found positive in Alignaj, followed by 214 infections Chinhat.

Alambagh, Indira Nagar and Silver Jubilee also pooled in over 100 cases, with 125, 123 and 120 infections respectively. Other major hotspots included NK Road with 80 cases, Red Cross with 74 cases, Aishbagh with 32 and Tudiyaganj with 30.

Since a significant share of cases are asymptomatic and do not require hospitalisations, the district teams have been activated to supply medical and home isolation kits to boost recovery. Tracking, testing, tracing and vaccination has also been ramped up in wake of the same. Notably, the state capital too has launched a multi-pronged strategy to curb the rate of infection in the city and return to normalcy.

Here’s a list of route diversions applicable in Lucknow tomorrow due to Republic Day celebrations

The traffic authorities have blocked certain routes and have created major route diversions across the city on Republic Day. The route diversions are said to be effective from 6 AM.

The traffic authorities in Lucknow have blocked certain roads and created route diversions for the smooth flow of traffic during the Republic Day parade. The commuters are advised to plan their commute accordingly. Read on to know more.

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New ₹900 crore annual budget plan approved to bolster civic development in Mumbai

A ₹900 crore annual plan has been approved to bolster development in Mumbai city & suburban districts

In light of the upcoming BMC elections in Mumbai, the Maharashtra Government approved the annual district plan budget, allowing a sum of ₹900 crores for the development of Mumbai city and suburbs. Reportedly, this yearly budget has been further segmented into two categories - ₹250 crores for the city and ₹650 crores for the suburban districts. The plan was approved during cabinet review on Monday and will be notably streamlined for use in the next year.

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Goa University postpones final year PG & UG offline exams in wake of COVID rise

The Goa University administration on January 13, 2021, announced to postpone the examinations by three weeks.

Citing the recent hike in COVID cases in the state as a primary concern, the Goa University administration on January 13, 2021, postponed the varsity examinations. According to this announcement, all final year UG and PG offline assessments have been pushed back by three weeks. The Goa University also altered the duration of the term break, preponing it to extend between January 24 to 29, 2022.

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Lucknow charts COVID-19 recovery; fresh case tally sees a dip for second consecutive day

Around 1818 fresh COVID cases were reported in Lucknow on Monday, down from 2326 on Sunday

Pointing towards a recovery trend, fresh infections in Lucknow have dipped for two consecutive days on Monday, bringing a huge respite to the city. Around 1,818 new coronavirus cases were reported here on January 24, down from 2,326 cases on Sunday and 2660 on Saturday. With 2402 recoveries, the healing wave surged stronger than the daily transmission load, adding to the pandemic relief here. However, a single virus-related fatality indicated that the COVID threat has not completely subsided.

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DGCA extends suspension of international passenger flights in India till February 28

DGCA announced the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights to and from India till February 28, 2022

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Aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on January 19, announced the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights to and from India till February 28, 2022. While scheduled passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 2020, several special passenger flights are under operation between India and 40 other countries since July 2020. These aviation services are being regulated under an air-bubble agreement to ensure COVID security

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21 Omicron sub-lineage 'BA.2' cases reported in Indore

Of this new load, around 6 are children.

Amid the rampant fears of Omicron spread in the country, 21 infections of BA.2, a sub-lineage of the Omicron variant have doubled the threat in Indore. Of this load, six happen to children including a one-day-old infant. As per reports, all cases of the sub-mutation have been traced at a private laboratory in Indore, in the last 18 days. Since the new variant is relatively new, doctors and healthcare experts are conflicted over the severity of the infection caused by it.

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Painting UP Green! Four 'Vedic Paint' manufacturing sites to be set up in the state soon

The four paint units will be set up at Barabanki, Varanasi, Ballia and Meerut

In a strive to promote the use of greener solutions in Uttar Pradesh, the Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has undertaken the task of setting up 4 'Vedic Paint' manufacturing sites in the state. Vedic paints are naturally procured alternative paints, that are more eco-friendly than chemically sourced materials, making them a smarter and greener choice. As per the Khadi Commission Director, these novel units will be set up at Barabanki, Varanasi, Ballia and Meerut, to boost the pillars of sustainable growth and development in UP.

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