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COVID-19 adds on 'new' troubles for Mumbai and Maharashtra's barely improving health index. On Monday, officials of the state health department revealed that the mutant strain of coronavirus has paved its way to Maharashtra, sending the administrating authorities into a frenzy. About 8 passengers who recently returned from the UK were found infected with the new strain of COVID. As per the statement of the state Health Minister, 5 out of these are from Mumbai, 2 from Thane and 1 from Pune.

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If there was ever a place which truly encapsulates everything that Mumbai and its culture stands for, it's the 102-year-old Olympia Coffee House. Once a popular Irani cafe of Mumbai which served classics like butterscotch falooda and mutton keema pav, Olympia Coffee House, today, is a modern eatery with an old-world charm. The eatery serves some deliciously sinful meat preparations and has come to be known as non-veg lover's paradise.

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The Maharashtra government on Wednesday, announced the extension of lockdown restrictions till January 31 midnight, after the COVID-19 caseload surged up to 19,25,066 with 3,018 new cases on Tuesday. As per the officials, this resolution has been undertaken as the state is still in the face of a grave threat pertaining to the transmission of the contagious coronavirus. Therefore, to contain the spread, this emergency measure has been decided upon and will be in effect till the end of the coming month.

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After announcing a night curfew regime, that will be followed till the 5th of January, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday issued strict protocols for Christmas celebrations on December 24-25. The new orders permit the presence of only 50 people for the midnight mass.

This precautionary measure to prevent overcrowding in the churches during Christmas was a much-needed one, given the current scenario wherein a new strain of coronavirus has been found in the UK.
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The Japanese embassy released the first pictures of the E5 Series Shinkansen (Japan's bullet train), which will be modified for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2023.

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Mumbai sets an example of sustainable development by commissioning a monorail rake, which has been built completely by sanctioning spare parts from local vendors in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. An indigenously re-built monorail unit was flagged off on 16th December in Mumbai by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. Assembling about 213 spare parts, this refurbishment project costs about ₹8 crores.

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Winter solstice this year will award the Mumbaikars with an astronomical treat, where Jupiter and Saturn will be seen as a single planet today. As per reports, this phenomenon called 'conjunction', will be witnessed after 800 years at 0° Aquarius in the south-western Mumbai sky. These two gaseous planets will align at a minimum distance of 0.1° to each other; in other words, the two planets will align near the moon, 6 minutes and 6 seconds apart from each other tonight.

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A plunge in the number of newly confirmed and active coronavirus cases in Mumbai has washed the city with a wave of relief. In a landmark victory, the city of Mumbai recorded its lowest maximum tally of fresh cases on Wednesday. Plunging by -7230 infections below the zero-equator, Mumbai's covid transmission graph finally witnesses its first major dip in the last 8 months. With this, the number of active cases in the city also fell by -7138 patients, bringing respite to the city's diligent frontline medical health care workers.

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If you're amidst the bustling streets of Bandra West in search of a quiet escape powered by good grubs and wine, Mumbai has a place for you to be at. Pali Village Cafe has been a favourite amongst epicures who are a sucker for aesthetics paired with a perfect gluttonous session and at least for the sake of your 'gram, you've gotta be here!

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In a bid to provide better services to its travellers, the Mumbai Metro-1 has increased its operative hours. Starting today, on December 14, the metro services have extended its schedule by 40 minutes in the morning and closing late by 45 minutes in the evenings. This decision has been taken in view of the increase in demand for commuting services, given the gradual unlocking of the city of Mumbai, post the coronavirus induced lockdown. Check out the new schedules here:

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