Maha to tighten COVID curbs: Grocery stores to operate for only 4 hours in Mumbai & other districts

A formal notification is yet to be issued in this regard, however, it is expected in a day or two.

In wake of the advent of the coronavirus surge, Maharashtra has decided to limit the timings of grocery shops in Mumbai and other districts. These stores will operate only 4 hours a day, from 7 AM to 11 AM, the Health Minister informed, hinting strongly at the implementation of stern COVID curbs. Though a formal notification is yet to be issued in this regard, however, is expected in a day or two.


Maharashtra to impose stringent protocols

A week after imposing curfew restrictions across the state, the Maharashtra Government has decided to impose tighter protocols to contain the public movement to arrest the sharp rise in the COVID-19 cases here. Consequently, the administration has decided to curb the operating hours of grocery stores across the state. As per authorities, this will help them monitor those individuals who are still flocking outdoors in the name of grocery and essential shopping.

Reportedly, the formal order is expected soon and the restriction is likely to come in force by April 21, 2021 (Wednesday), a senior official stated. However, this protocol is independent of fruits and vegetable markets. They will be allowed to operate in the evenings, from 5:30 PM to 7 PM.

Meanwhile, the state also discusses the execution of the government's relief package of ₹5,400 crores, targeted at people who will be directly affected by restriction or other closure of businesses. Further, authorities have directed designated officials to ensure increased checks, penalties and strict implementation of the imposed guidelines.

Standard protocols for bus commuters

After the Maharashtra government released train travel protocols, the State Transport Minister has issued similar guidelines for travel via buses, to dampen the rate of COVID transmission. Now, commuters entering the state from the six worst-affected COVID-19 states, namely Goa, Kerala, Delhi-NCR, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Gujarat will also require a negative RT-PCR test report, conducted 48 hours before travel.

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

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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

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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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