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Mumbai suburban trains may resume for all, depending on the COVID-19 curve during New Year

Amid surging demands of the local trains, the authorities had earlier hinted that the services may be restarted for all.

The Maharashtra Health Minister on Wednesday, stated that the decision of allowing commuters to board suburban trains in Mumbai will be taken into consideration only after analysing the trend of COVID-19 cases in New Year. Presently, only a few sections of the general population, including essential services and women, have been granted access to the train services. Earlier, the railway authorities had also extended their permission allocated to lawyers practising in courts and registered clerks of advocates, to travel in special Mumbai suburban trains during specific time slots.

Pre-pandemic era witnessed approx. 7.5 million commuters dailyin suburban trains

The Health Minister further mentioned that the state government is keeping a checking on the COVID-19 curve and upon observation, if it is found that the cases are not spiralling upwards, then a decision will be implemented regarding the resumption of the locals. As per reports, before the outbreak of the pandemic, the suburban train facilities were availed by more than 7.5 million commuters daily, which is exactly why the halt on the services has been imperative. Amid surging demands of the local trains, the authorities had earlier hinted that the services may be restarted at the beginning of the new year.

Just a few days ago, the Central Railway on an 'experimental basis', introduced 10 new AC local train services on the central line, running between Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja Terminus (CSMT) to Kalyan, replacing the already existing locals. To further make travel easier for Mumbaikars, the railway ministry allowed all passengers in possession of a valid and confirmed long-distance rail ticket to travel in the Mumbai locals.

Functioning of Mumbai locals had come to a stop with the imposition of a nationwide lockdown

The functioning of the Mumbai locals had come to a stop with the imposition of a nationwide lockdown back in March but it was resumed in a graded manner, from the mid of June for essential workers and police officials. Recently, the teaching and non-teaching staff were allowed to commute via Mumbai locals and students who were appearing for Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Education Examination, were also accorded with the same relaxation.

With the completion of track laying work on the Metro Line 2A and Metro Line 7, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is all set to start its commercial run for the public of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region soon. While MMRDA has completed the work on Phase 1(Dahanukarwadi and Aarey) of this project, the nodal agency awaits the clearance certificate from the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) now.

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SGPGI in Lucknow issues fresh guidelines for consultations in OPD & IPD admissions

Apart from the RT-PCR, a negative TrueNat test report of COVID will also be accepted at the time of entry in PGI

In view of the rising COVID cases in the city, the administration of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences has issued new guidelines for admission in the Outpatient Department(OPD) and Inpatient Department (IPD). As per the new rules, a negative COVID test report is mandatory for those intending to get appointments for consultations with doctors or admission in IPD. Read on to know more about the fresh guidelines now applicable at SGPGI in Lucknow.

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Industrial plots in Talkatora & Aishbagh areas of Lucknow can be used as housing units!

The decision has come as a big relief to the owners of a few industrial plots who've been waiting to use their lands for housing purposes for many years

In a bid to turn the city into a Smart City, the district administration has now approved the use of industrial plots as residential buildings in the Talkatora and Aishbagh areas of Lucknow. With this new norm, the use of industrial lands as housing units has now become easier in Lucknow. This also means that multi-storey residential buildings can be constructed in these two industrial areas in the city.

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India registers over 2.8 lakh fresh COVID cases on Wednesday

With a recovery rate of 93.88%, 1,88,157 patients marked their recovery on Wednesday, taking the total tally to 3,55,83,039 recoveries in India

Registering a spike of more than 18% on the daily COVID figures of the previous day, India reported 2,82,970 fresh cases of coronavirus on Wednesday. According to the press release issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, adding the cases detected on January 18, the active caseload of the country has now climbed to 18,31,000 cases.

Notably, this is the highest figure the country has seen in the last 232 days as 18,95,520 active cases were reported on May 31, 2021. Read on to know more about the status of coronavirus infection in India.

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Now bike ambulances to deliver medicines to COVID-19 patients in Jaipur

Citizens in home quarantine can dial 108 to avail of the services

In a bid to provide relief to those in home quaranatine in Jaipur, a new service has been rolled out by the health authorities in the city. Amid the rising threat of infection outside, bike ambulances will ensure that the medicines reach the citizens in quarantine, right in time. All one has to do is dial 108, to avail of this service, wherein one can get medicines delivered at home.

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Use of loudspeakers & public address systems banned between 10 PM to 6 AM in Lucknow

Apart from the blanket ban during the night, written permission needs to be taken from the concerned authority before using loudspeakers in the daytime as well

In an attempt to control the level of noise pollution, the district administration of Lucknow has banned the use of loudspeakers in the city from 10 PM to 6 AM. As per the order issued by the District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash, the ban will cover the use of all loudspeakers and public address systems at public places in the city during the night.

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With rising COVID cases, threat of Black Fungus intensifies in Uttar Pradesh again!

Notably, a COVID positive patient with 'Mucormycosis' was admitted to Kanpur's Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital on Monday

With the onset of the third wave of coronavirus, news of Black Fungus cases have started surfacing from Uttar Pradesh yonce again. Notably, a COVID-positive patient with 'Mucormycosis' was admitted to Kanpur's Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital on Monday.

While several patients got infected with this disease during the second wave, especially those who had recovered from COVID, this is the first case that has been reported in the state this year. Check out more about this disease here:

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