Mumbai reports 7192 fresh COVID-19 detections in the last 24 hours

Mumbai to accelerate its COVID vaccination drive to kick-start the Phase III of inoculation without hiccups.

The COVID-19 scare continues to haunt Mumbai as fresh tallies rose to 7,192 cases on Tuesday. While a marginal dip has been witnessed in the daily caseload since April 17, the virus growth rate has been pegged at 1.46% here. Additionally, a relatively lower recovery rate of 83% has led to a relentless active load of 82,671 cases across the city. So far, the Maximum City has reported over 5.9 lakh coronavirus cases, emerging as one of the worst affected districts in the country.

106 containment zones declared in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbia Municipal Corporation has ramped up its testing capacities to detect the coronavirus penetration in Mumbai. According to the civic body, about 47,000 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, a rise from 36,556 conducted on Monday. This data suggests that Mumbai's case positivity ratio stands at around 15.3%, which simply means that for every 100 tests conducted here, about 15 people are testing COVID positive.

In wake of this spread, the BMC has declared over 106 containment zones in slums and chawls of Mumbai. As of Monday, about 1,171 buildings have also been sealed here to arrest the transmission of the virus through direct contact.

BMC to double vaccination centres for Phase III COVID inoculation

Meanwhile, the BMC has started to ramp up the vaccination set-up here to accommodate double the centres, to smoothly conduct the Phase III of the COVID-19 inoculation drive. This segment will target the immunisation of all people over the age of 18 - considerably expanding the list of beneficiaries to an estimated 80 lakh adult population. At present, the city has 127 such centres are orchestrating the COVID vaccination here.

Consequently, the BMC has decided to undertake a vigorous vaccination drive and allow corporate houses to vaccinate their staffers. The civic body is aiming to immunise 25 lakh people per month and for this, each ward will 4 government vaccination centres apart from the private ones. With this set-up, BMC aims to achieve total immunisation of target beneficiaries in 6 months with the help of 1.6 crore doses.

Till Tuesday, about 2.76 lakh people with both doses in Mumbai. This makes up about 3.2% of the target population. The first dose has been administered to around 17.66 lakh citizens, read reports. Around 77.2 lakh people of Mumbai need to vaccinated with either the first or both doses to cover 100% of its adult population, as per estimates.

Stepping out for COVID vaccination? Here are 5 measures you should keep in mind!

Make sure to not get the virus back home from the vaccination site itself by following these 5 simple steps!

When COVID infection rates are exploding all across the country, vaccination seems to be the only respite for the citizens. With the launch of extensive drives for all individuals above the age of 18, inoculation of a humongous count of individuals will be witnessed in the upcoming days and weeks. While we are all planning to get our slots booked on an urgent basis, we must not forget that the immunisation centres can also turn into contagion hotspots, if proper precautions are not undertaken. So, here are the 5 things to keep in mind as you step out to get your immunity booster jab, that will prevent you from getting the virus back home!

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Strictness to scale at containment zones in Kanpur amid alarming rise of COVID-19 infections!

Authorities can penalise and take other strict actions against people who violate the COVID restrictive protocols.

In a bid to curtail the volatile spread of coronavirus infections in Kanpur, district authorities on Friday, announced to increase surveillance at all containment zones in the territory. As per reports, fresh instructions have been issued to station police officials and beat officers round the clock, at each such restricted areas in the city. These officials will be further assisted by the patrolling officers. Additionally, the Deputy Commissioner of the Police has directed to ensure that no one, except for essential services personnel are allowed entry in places that nurse over one COVID case.

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Hackathon by Lucknow's AKTU to find inventive solutions for the ongoing oxygen crisis!

All interested individuals can apply through the registration portal on the university website by May 10 (5 PM).

Amid heightening oxygen demands across the country, the APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University in Lucknow, is going to organise a hackathon aimed at finding optimal solutions for the LMO crisis. Inviting participation from students, teachers and research fellows, the event will be a race to devise innovative and optimal solutions for reducing wastage, leakage and losses. All interested individuals can apply through the registration portal on the university website by May 10 (5 PM).

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Domestic borders sealed in Jaipur & other Raj districts ahead of blanket lockdown from May 10

Rajasthan Police strictly monitor public movement across districts ahead of state lockdown from May 10.

Ahead of Rajasthan's blanket lockdown from May 10 to May 24 in view of the rampant surge of COVID-19, the state police has increased deployment and surveillance at local borders to track public movement, strictly. Reportedly, this restriction has been implemented under the ambit of 'Red Alert- Jan Anusashan Pakhwara' to break the chain of infection. The police nakabandi bans the passage of vehicles from one district to another without necessary work.

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'Breathe India' initiative by IIT Kanpur alumni racks up over 3 cr for tackling rife LMO crisis!

After successful operations in Delhi, they are expanding their reach to UP with the help of a Lucknow based NGO.

When citizens across the country are grappling due to a dire shortage of oxygen amid the second wave of the pandemic, a group of alumni from IIT Kanpur have taken it upon their shoulders to assure enhanced supplies of the medical necessity. Through a crowdfunded initiative, 'Breathe India', the group has raised more than 3 crores and ordered oxygen concentrators for medical centres across Delhi. Now, they are expanding this scope of help to Uttar Pradesh with the help of a Lucknow-based NGO.

Right Walk Foundation in Lucknow to support 'Breathe India' in UP

After remarkable triumphs in the first week of the campaign, the alumni collective has now associated with Lucknow's Right Walk Foundation for its programs in Uttar Pradesh. Here, the group aims to distribute concentrators, oxygen cylinders, oximeters and other equipment among the underprivileged individuals. With this, the net target of the campaign has been augmented to ₹4 crores and the initiators anticipate that they would reach this goal soon.

Working on the lines of 'social inclusion', Right Walk Foundation assures support and assistance to slum-dwelling communities across 11 districts of Uttar Pradesh. Highlighting the need for public advocacy, the organisation attempts to create an ecosystem of equity and sustainability.

Successful in assuring widespread relief

As per the information provided on their campaign page, over 250 concentrators are being provided through this program to hospitals and COVID care centres. Marking collaborative efforts with SaveLife Foundation, this group of samaritans have been successful in assuring relief in a much greater measure, than their initial expectations. All of the resources are being delivered across Delhi, working in alignment with the requirements observed by the Delhi Government.

The facilitators consist of Ashutosh Ranka, Isha Agarwal, Nikhil Asati, Kavya Eluru, Randhir Shah- each one from a different batch of IIT-K. Together, they have embarked on a journey to help scores of citizens and save hundreds of Life.

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