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On Wednesday night, the Maharashtra government issued strict curbs in the state, keeping in mind the swelling cases of the coronavirus infection. To aid the decision, the state government has also furnished a list of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), which includes the banning of inter-district and inter-city travel except for emergency or essential purposes. The fresh constraints will be observed from Thursday, 8 PM onwards and remain in force till the 1st of May, 7 AM, as per the orders of the government.

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A child learns to draw before it starts to write, dance before it starts to walk and sing before it starts to speak- the relation between art and humans is intricate and profound as it helps in connecting, expressing and building bridges, even across time! So when the human civilisation is suffering through a global pandemic, it is only natural that art will be the choice of weapon to connect in a world that has to observe social distancing.

Following this thought process, the team of The Corona Quilt Project- which was ideated in 2020, is now culminating its year-long endeavour of bringing stories together through modern quilts that are popping up across Mumbai. Join us in exploring Mumbai as we take you through the 'quilt-installations'!

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In an interesting turn of events, a mysterious monolith was found at Joggers Park in Suburban Bandra in Mumbai on Wednesday. This bewildering development garnered significant attention online after the news about the appearance was broken online on Twitter. Puzzled by the emergence of such structures for short intervals of time in different parts of the world, the netizens instantly initiated a wave of conjectures on social media platforms.

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Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai will now develop waterways to launch new and alternative means of transport systems to shoulder the burden of congested roads. The Financial Capital and its satellite towns will now develop water transport systems, as announced by the Maharashtra government on Monday. The use of these alternative water transport systems will ease traffic congestion and enhance the transit experience for commuters. Officials informed that a water transport system between Vasai and Kalyan will be made available in the first phase of this project.

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Mumbai reported about 1,035 fresh cases on Friday, exceeding the 1,000 case mark for the third day in succession here. Parallel to this rapid case surge, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has also increased testing capacities to conduct about 18,000 - 22,000 tests a day. In comparison to January's test count at 11,000 - 15,000, the civic authority has managed to stabilise the case positivity ration despite the active spread here.

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No matter how good your product is, how you market it, makes all the difference! Taking a cue, Indian street vendors have been whipping up unusual dishes and offbeat ways of serving food and the efforts have definitely piqued our foodie interests. And now, there's another such vendor from Mumbai whose quirky dosa serving style is drawing in crowds from all over the city after his video went viral last week.

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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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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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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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Be it a rainy, chilly or a humid day, there has been no 'stop' for the Dabbawalas in the city, who have been delivering home-cooked food to Mumbaikars for many years now. Precisely, since 1890, which amounts to 130 years of service. The clockwork precision of these Dabbawalas, travelling daily by their cycle or the locals, has ensured that over two lakh people across the city, have access to warm home-cooked meals. But this delivery-mechanism with a Six Sigma rating of 99.9999 (that is, less than 1 mistake in every 6 million deliveries), has been put on a halt due to the pandemic. So being rendered helpless, with their backs against the wall, the Dabbawalas have now switched to a new venture, which will soon allow them to deliver fresh vegetables directly from farms.

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