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Maha buckles up for expected 3rd wave with oxygen protocol & rural COVID care centres

556 new cases and 303 recoveries were reported in Mumbai on Tuesday while the city has 12,684 cases currently.

After the onslaught of the second wave of the pandemic, the Maharashtra government is gearing up to fight against the anticipated third wave of accelerated infections. As per reports, the Delta variant wreaked havoc in the state fueling the positive tallies and now, the emergence of Delta Plus has further amplified the fears. In view of this, the vigilance and restraints have been amped up in the state while the authorities are undertaking repetitive measures to curtail the spread of contamination.

Budgetary cuts to compensate for upcoming medical expenses

While a phased unlock plan was announced in the state earlier, based on positivity rate and oxygen bed dependency, Maharashtra is currently reeling under level 3 restrictions. Further, the state administration is saving money from its budget allocations in a bid to provide for excessive medical expenses that may accrue due to the impending third wave. Besides, the state government is also making a note of regular forecasts and executing the required steps with respect to it.

Given the unexpected situation that cropped up during the second wave, the authorities are leaving no stone unturned to safeguard the citizens. Reports state that all 36 districts of Maharashtra are being made self-dependent in terms of their oxygen usage while COVID care centres will be instituted in each village.

Widespread interventions required to prevent the third wave

As per reports, the state Public Health Department has predicted a peak of 8 lakh cases that can be observed during the upcoming third wave. Besides, the total cumulative tally may inflate by nearly 50 lakh infections, as per the anticipations. Thereby, it is pertinent to deploy extensive efforts to mitigate the wave's arrival and its effects.

556 new cases and 303 recoveries were reported in Mumbai on Tuesday while the city has 12,684 cases currently. Additionally, 8085 new infections were logged in the state in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally of cumulative cases to 7,21,516. On the grim side, 1,21,804 and 15,426 fatalities have been marked in the state and the capital city till now, respectively.

As per new orders by Kanpur Municipal Corporation, citizens will now have to inform the authorities before bringing home a pet. Those failing to do so will have to pay a hefty fine of ₹1200, irrespective of breed and size. The Municipal Corporation is also planning to bring pet clinics under the purview of the license.

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Newly launched e-buses to connect Lucknow to nearby rural areas from October 25

The fares for the e-buses will range from ₹5 for 3 km to ₹37 for more than 25 km

The newly launched electric buses in the city will ply on a new route, connecting Lucknow to the rural areas around, starting October 25. This will be the first time that such a service will be deployed in these areas, wherein commuters will be able to travel to and from the city, in the comfort of new state-of-the-art e-buses. The trials for the same are currently underway.

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List of SOPs issued for colleges in Mumbai ahead of the scheduled reopening on Wednesday

Check out the details of the guidelines issued by the University of Mumbai for its affiliated colleges here

Degree colleges in Mumbai are all set to resume offline classes from October 20. Ahead of the reopening, the University of Mumbai has issued new SOPs to ensure safety for all staffers and students. Amongst various other steps, the college authorities have been asked to take ensure social distancing, follow the mask norm, and maintain hygiene. Read on to check out other details:

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LMC to fight air pollution in Lucknow with new anti-smog guns!

Notably, Lucknow Municipal Corporation had purchased 3 anti-smog guns last year as well.

Lucknow Municipal Corporation will deploy vehicles equipped with new anti-smog guns to combat the growing levels of air pollution in the city. The anti-smog guns will ensure proper visibility during the foggy season by improving the quality of air significantly and making it more breathable for the citizens here.

Notably, as per the World Air Quality Report 2020, Lucknow was ranked as the ninth most polluted city in the world. It has been reported that the level of pollution rises significantly during the winters due to the drop in temperature paired with high moisture content apart from other common factors. This deadly combination leads to the trapping of particulate matter in the atmosphere, thereby deteriorating the air quality.

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Sale & use of green firecrackers allowed in Jaipur & other Raj districts

The cracker ban is lifted in all districts, except the ones that fall in the NCR area.

In a bid to promote an ecological festive season, the Rajasthan government has permitted the sale and use of only green firecrackers, in all regions execpt those falling under NCR. Additionaly, the ban will remain in force in cities with poor air quality.

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Zero COVID fatalities reported in Mumbai on Sunday, for the first time in 20 months!

The latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

After a difficult year marred by the pandemic, there is finally some good news for the people of Mumbai. For the first time since the onset of COVID on March 26, 2020, the metropolitan city has reported zero fatalities. While the city is already on the path to recovery with a decline in cases each day, the latest development has brought in a new respite to the citizens and authorities alike.

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New flights to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi & Hyderabad from October 31

These flights are part of the winter schedule approved by the DGCA

As per the new winter flight schedule approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, 25 new flight services will be started to ease connectivity from Indore to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad. The daily flight movement between Indore and Delhi is set to increase with the induction of 16 new flights on this route. 10 new flights on both Indore-Ahmedabad and Indore-Mumbai routes along with at least 8 other services between Indore- Hyderabad, will also be functional from October 31.

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