On Friday, 6590+ new infections reported in Lucknow; Govt announces lockdown on Sunday!

Lucknow has recorded the highest tally on Friday, adding about 6598 new infections. People will be fined ₹1,000 for not wearing masks.

In a bid to curb the alarming rise of COVID-19, the Uttar Pradesh government has decided to impose a blanket lockdown on Sunday, across all urban and rural districts in the state. Reportedly, all services and markets will remain shut on April 18, 2021, to break the chain of virus transmission. However, all emergency services will remain operational.


An effort to curb COVID rise in UP

Uttar Pradesh has been reporting a volatile surge in COVID-19 cases and consequently, the state authorities have resorted to a weekly lockdown on Sundays, in all districts to arrest this aggressive rise. In the last 24 hours, UP has reported as many as 27,426 fresh COVID cases, raising alarms across the health and administrative spectrum. On the other hand, Lucknow has recorded the highest tally on Friday, adding about 6598 new infections.

In a review meeting, the state cabinet has also decided that it will establish more private hospitals to nurse the active tallies. At the same time, the Chief Minister has instructed officials to prepare a list of people eligible for maintenance/nutrition allowance. The state has promised to provide ration and other essential items to the needy.

The CM has further directed officials to ensure the imposition of lockdown restricts with strictness. For this, the state has also renewed penalties for not wearing a mask in public places. Now, violators can be fined ₹1,000 at first offence; the amount would increase by 10 folds if the offence is repeated, say authorities.

Lucknow's CCS Airport to house an aircraft maintenance centre soon!

All issues related to the air vehicles will be fixed using domestic resources, without the need for an engineer from Delhi or Mumbai.

Amid a string of developments being witnessed at the Chaudhary Charan Singh Airport in Lucknow, an aircraft maintenance hub will be established at this station soon. Once the latest facility is launched, all issues related to the air vehicles will be fixed using domestic resources, without the need for an engineer from Delhi or Mumbai. Besides, it is expected that this centre would also usher an array of employment opportunities for the youngsters.

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Enroute 'green future': Electric Vehicle Policy to be rolled out in Rajasthan!

The state government has offered some benefits like subsidies on the upfront cost of electric vehicles for the first line of buyers.

After the introduction of the Electric Vehicles Policy across multiple states of the country, Rajasthan is all set to roll out a similar scheme now. Previously, Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat and Telangana administrations have worked on parallel interventions and initiated EV policies aiming for a green future. Mahendra Soni, Commissioner, Transport Department of the Rajasthan government informed that the EV policy has been drafted and now, it will be transferred to the finance department for approval.

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Flood-like situations crop up across various parts of Goa due to incessant rains!

Authorities informed that some homes in low-lying regions have submerged underwater and a strict vigil is being maintained now.

After the early arrival of monsoons, heavy rains were witnessed across different parts of Goa in the past few days. Driven by heavy showers, certain parts of both North and South Goa are faced with flood-like circumstances. Reportedly, this includes Sattari and Bicholim areas in the north district Dharbandora in the south district. As per reports, authorities informed that some homes in low-lying regions have submerged underwater and a strict vigil is being maintained now.

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Amid the lowering scale of COVID infection in Rajasthan, the state Education Minister on Thursday announced the reopening of schools from 2nd August, across all districts. These institutes have been shut ever since the outbreak of the second COVID wave, in April this year. Schools also had to halt operations after the first wave took over, in order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the students and staff members.

Although schools have been conducting classes online in order to keep the curriculum going, it is difficult to match up to the exposure imparted in regular on-campus classes. Concerned about the same, the authorities have now decided upon resuming classes

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Focused COVID sampling begins in Lucknow for detection of new variants

Notably, special testing camps are already operational at the airport, railway station and bus stops in Lucknow.

In view of the new COVID mutants surfacing in the country, the Uttar Pradesh government is initiating focused sampling schedules in Lucknow from today onwards. As a part of this exercise, the targeted sampling drives will be conducted in areas that logged a large count of infections during the first and second waves of accelerated infections. Aimed at arresting the third COVID wave in the state capital, this program will be implemented via an extensive plan of action.

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1 lakh more jabs needed to achieve 100% first dose coverage in Goa

About 64.6% of Goa's local population has received the first shot of COVID vaccination.

With the vaccination of another 1 lakh beneficiaries, Goa will be able to achieve its target 100% COVID vaccination coverage for its eligible population. As per reports, the state has been planning to restart tourism activities after this feat is met. The deadline for the same had been announced as July 31. The CM has appealed to the public to come forward and get the anti-virus jab to accelerate the process.

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