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Maharashtra govt plans to hike its vaccination process to up to 15 lakh doses per day

A new 2,170-bed Covid facility was inaugurated in Malad yesterday; 3 more to come up in Mumbai soon.

Maharashtra CM informed on Monday about the government's plan to boost its vaccination programme, with an aim to vaccinate up to 1.50 million doses every day. At this rate, the state estimates to achieve 1 crore vaccination coverage per week, including both first and second jabs. Recently Maharashtra became the first state in the country to cross the 3-crore jabs milestone.

21% of the state's population has been vaccinated

Announcing the state's ambition of boosting the overall vaccination drive, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra announced, "We are making preparations to administer 15 lakh vaccine doses per day." As of Monday, Maharashtra's overall vaccination coverage stands at 3,17,82,327 jabs, including both doses. With this, the state has managed to immunise about 21% of the 12 crore population - with at least a single dose.

COVID-19 Jumbo facilities in Mumbai

Besides vaccination, Maharashtra is also augmenting its medical infrastructure to ensure adequate treatment facilities for all ahead of the fears of the expectant 'third wave'. The CM on Monday inaugurated a state of the art Jumbo COVID facility in Mumbai's Malad region.

This centre is equipped with 2,170 beds with 1,536 oxygen beds and 190 ICU beds. For children, 200 oxygen-pediatric beds and 50 ICU-pediatric beds have been further arranged. Additionally, the administration is planning to set up such jumbo facilities in Kanjurmarg, Sion and Worli while ramping up resources at the existing jumbo centres at NSCI Worli, NESCO Goregaon and Richardson & Cruddas Byculla to ensure that there are no shortages, the CM said.

The aforementioned facilities will be made available in the second phase of creating jumbo COVID centres in Mumbai. An aggregate of 8,320 beds - more than those provided in the first phase will come up. This includes 9,193 oxygen bds, 1,572 ICU beds, 1,200 oxygen beds for children and 150 pediatric ICU beds for infants. The total number of state beds now tallies at 19,928 in the MMR, including the existing beds in major government hospitals.

The Chief Minister cautioned that though the hospitals are becoming vacant now, the fear of the second wave has not mitigated as of yet. He also took this opportunity to urge all the people to follow all norms and protocols related to COVID prevention to break the chain of infection and diffuse the pandemic threat.

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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Jaipur's Mridul Agarwal creates history by scoring the highest-ever percentile in JEE Advanced!

Reportedly, more than 30 students from Jaipur have qualified the Joint Engineering Exam this year.

Jaipur's 18-year-old Mridul Agarwal, who appeared for the Joint Entrance Examination Advanced (JEE) Advanced from the IIT Delhi zone, is the all-India topper this year. Bringing laurels to the Pink City, Mridul has created a history by getting 96%, the highest-ever percentile in the examination. Moreover, over 30 students from the city have qualified for this entrance examination this year.

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Put an end to your quest for steal deals & hangout places in Lucknow with KnockOFF!

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Eat to your heart's content and save big each time, with unbelievable deals on KnockOFF. So, if you are on the lookout for some steal deals today, at the most happening places in Lucknow, scroll away and take your pick:

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