Mumbai's sero-survey reveals 75% of citizens have had COVID; active cases rise by 20% in a week

COVID infection transmission & sero-prevelance rise simultaneously in Mumbai!

A recent sero-survey conducted in 6 Mumbai slums revealed that 3 in every 4 people have COVID antibodies, which is suggestive of past infection. The survey sampled about 806 residents from six slums— Machimar Nagar, the transit camp in Ambedkar Nagar, Ganesh Murthy Nagar Part 1, Ganesh Murthy Nagar Part 3, and Geeta Nagar. Conducted over a course of 5 days, from October 5 to October 10, this survey has advocated Mumbai's immunity as the highest among all those reported in India until now. Besides culturing herd immunity, the dynamic spread of the deadly virus is also spreading exponentially in the city, where active cases have shot up by a clear 20% in the last 7 days. At present, Mumbai's active caseload stands at 15,610, pushing the total tally of confirmed cases to 2,82,821.


The City of Mumbai vs COVID-19

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Mumbai is witnessing a volatile rise in the number of new victims which have risen by an approximate of 3,000 cases in just one week. Health officials in the city have pegged both- the festive rush and amplified testing since Diwali, as the reasons behind the rising tally of active caseload in the city which has shot up by over 20% since November 23.

These stats have projected a higher presence and prevalence of coronavirus in the state, which is in line with Mumbai's high recovery rate which zooms at 92.4%. The state is testing an average of 17,000 samples everyday, which is yielding close to a thousand fresh cases in a day.

'No second wave in Mumbai', says BMC

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has, therefore, ruled out the possibility of the second wave swell, given the 6-7% positivity rate since Diwali. The civic body is accounting increased testing capacities across all wards, as the reason behind the current case rise. BMC officials have also stated that the city of Mumbai has set a record by conducting a soaring total of 19,018 tests in a single day on November 25.

With increased testing, the BMC is also readying itself for any spike in cases and has arranged for beds for the treatment of infected people at medical facilities across the city. Private hospitals will be engaged by the BMC for the treatment of COVID patients till December 31. Apart from them, Jumbo Centre has also been equipped with oxygen tanks to provide excellent services to patients showcasing mild to moderated symptoms of the coronavirus. The municipal authority has also filled its inventory with emergency medicines to counter any unprecedented outbreak.

Augmenting medical facilities in the city, Kanpur's Hallet Hospital to get a new Ward 50

A a 20 thousand litre oxygen supply facility would be installed for the patients in the hospital.

With an objective to expand the medical facilities available in the city, Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital in Kanpur commonly known as the 'Hallet Hospital' is looking forward to fresh developments. As per reports, the new Ward 50 of the hospital complex would be ready to accommodate patients in a year. The hospital administration has also planned the installation of a 20 thousand litre oxygen supply facility for the patients.

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Night Sky tourism kicks off in Jaipur!

The tour circle includes viewing of celestial bodies on special occasions across different spots across Jaipur.

Tourists in Jaipur may soon find an added attraction amidst all the existing views and experiences offered by the desert state. The state has launched an innovative night sky tourism for its visitors free of cost. The project was inaugurated by the state government's Minister of Art & Culture in the presence of the Chief Secretary, with an objective to bring more tourists to Rajasthan. The tour circle includes viewing of celestial bodies on special occasions across different spots across Jaipur.

Specific episodes from the astronomical timeline to be shown

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With a focus on specific astronomical events that happen from time to time, the Department of Science & Technology has prepared a list of episodes to be included in the maiden project. The allures offered by the night sky tour circle include moon watching at Jawahar Kala Kendra on the day of the launch and the telescopic view of Saturn, Mercury, Jupiter & Venus from Jantar Mantar on February 11. While tourists may flock to Albert Hall for watching the Jupiter-Mercury conjunction on March 5, they will be offered a closer view of the year's biggest moon from Amber Durg on May 26. Additionally, Mercury will be shown from Amber Fort May 17 and Venus will be shown from Albert Hall on July 3.

A step towards encouraging curiosity and boosting scientific temper

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The Minister of Art & Culture stated that night sky tourism would encourage people towards science and astronomy in addition to helping the students and researchers interested in heavenly bodies. He further said that the night sky show from different spots would boost the scientific temper of the general public. The Chief Secretary joined him in appreciation of the calm night sky, saying that a refined view of the moon displaying its pits and craters would motivate people's curiosity about Akash Ganga.

Secretary of Art and Culture and Science and Technology said: "The state government's objective is to inculcate scientific thinking among people, to make people aware about the happenings in nature in a scientific way. For this, night sky tourism has started. As per the astronomical scenario every month, this facility will be available free of cost at different places on different days."

'Udyam Sarathi App' to boost self-employment in Lucknow & other UP districts

A high-tech platform for the youth, will be unveiled on the occasion of the 'UP Diwas' tomorrow .

On the occasion of UP Diwas on January 24, 'Udyam Sarathi App', will be launched in the state. The app is a high-tech one-click solution which will provide every information related to self-employment and the job industry. This will help boost ambition among the youth, who will now be able to seek solutions and opportunities at their own convenience.

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Rajasthan girl becomes the 1st woman to lead flypast on Republic Day parade at Rajpath Delhi

Meet Flight Lt Swati Rathore, a local girl from Nagaur who will chronicle a historic moment for the nation!

This Republic Day, India will script a new chapter in the history of women empowerment. Flight Lieutenant Swati Rathore a local girl from Rajasthan will become the first woman ever to lead the flypast on the main Republic Day parade at Delhi's Rajpath on January 26, 2021. Becoming an icon for several young women in the nation, Swati Rathore has set her journey to a path which will bring honour and glory to her family, her state and the nation.

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Good news for Haj-bound pilgrims, a new Haj House to come up in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai

The New Haj House will come up in Kharghar near Navi Mumbai Interantional Airport.

In a move to boost the future of Haj Pilgrims in Mumbai, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) announced its approval for establishing a new Haj House. The latest structure is supposed to come up at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai, for which around 6,000 square metres of land will be allotted. Navi Mumbai will soon have an international airport and the new structure will benefit these Haj pilgrims.

CIDCO's decision based on a request from the Minority Affairs Ministry

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As per reports, CIDCO, the infrastructure agency of the Maharashtra government stated in an official release that its current decision is based on a request from the Union Minority Affairs Ministry. CIDCO had received a letter from the Additional Secretary of the Ministry that asked the organization to allot around 5 acres of land for a Haj House and the seasonal office of Haj Committee. It further requested to allot the land in close proximity to the Navi Mumbai International Airport, if possible.

Reportedly, CIDCO has given its approval for a plot stretching over 6,000 square metres of land in sector 38 of Kharghar. As per the agency's statement, lease amount would cost over ₹ 14.2 crores in addition to the applicable miscellaneous charges and taxes.

Old Haj House located close to the CST Terminus

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Currently, Mumbai has a Haj House located close to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus railway station for easy accessibility to the travellers. The complex is a 19-storey structure which provides shelter and other amenities to Muslims bound for the Haj pilgrimage. The pilgrims in the house are benefitted from the training and orientation programs held by a group of volunteers from the Sahyog Cultural Society. Additionally, the Haj Committee Bombay has been looking the trouble-free travel of the Haj-pilgrims since 1927.

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