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RT-PCR negative report not required for fully inoculated visitors entering Mumbai

Previously, the restraint required travellers to produce a negative COVID report for a test done within 48 hours prior to the entry.

Bringing relief for regular commuters, the Maharashtra administration and Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai have together relaxed the restriction of COVID negative reports for fully inoculated visitors entering the state. Previously, the aforesaid restraint required travelers to produce a negative COVID report for a test conducted within 48 hours prior to the entry. Now, the dropping tallies have led to the current intervention in a bid to benefit people traveling to Mumbai, frequently.


Restriction relaxed more than 2 months after it was imposed

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As per reports, the tweak was made for the sake of the travelers who take round trips between Mumbai and other business centres like Delhi, on the same day. It becomes very difficult for such individuals to get the tests done, repeatedly. In light of this, the authorities have done away with the requirement of the necessary COVID negative report for individuals who have taken both doses of the vaccine. Reportedly, the BMC Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal made an announcement in this regard on Tuesday.

Notably, the Maharashtra government first intervened with the restriction in the first half of May and then the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai issued similar orders. Reportedly, the restraints were first applicable for tourists from certain states including Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Kerala. Later, the requirement of negative COVID reports was amplified to cover all national tourists coming to Mumbai from different territories.

5.7% of the eligible population fully vaccinated in the country

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It is noteworthy that the vaccination drives have taken an accelerated path in the country now and a lot of individuals stand fully vaccinated with both doses of the vaccine. As per records, 5.7% of the country's eligible population has received both doses of the immunity booster vaccine while 23.4% of individuals have taken the first jab. Thereby, the latest tweak in the travel protocol shall accrue advantages to a number of individuals flying to Mumbai.

454 new cases and 938 recoveries were registered in Mumbai on Tuesday. Besides, the city has 10,611 active cases and it is important to maintain sufficient caution despite the relaxation of curbs.

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With a secondary segregation unit to supplement the existing facility, Indore civic body will soon segregate dry waste into 35 different categories

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Check out the 2nd list of speakers Jaipur Literature Festival 2022 here:

The on-ground hybrid version of the 15th edition of JLF is scheduled to take place between January 28 to February 1, next year

Adding to the excitement of the book lovers, the organising body of the upcoming Jaipur Literature Festival has released the second list of speakers. The on-ground hybrid version of the 15th edition of this glorious feast of literature, discourse and camaraderie is scheduled to take place between January 28 to February 1, 2022. The stellar lineup includes a list of twenty-five poets, authors and intellectuals from India and abroad.

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First of its kind in Lucknow, a women-only mall to open soon in Charbagh!

A mall for the women, by the women, will set the new standards of women empowerment in Lucknow

Feel safer as you head out for a thorough retail therapy session in Lucknow, with the city's first-ever women-only mall. Lucknow Nagar Nigam has decided to lay the foundation of this exclusive mall in Charbagh. Reportedly, all shops and sellers stationed at this ₹17 crore shopping crores will also be run by women, for the women.

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Walk-in vaccination system implemented across Lucknow!

A five-day campaign aimed at boosting the existing vaccination drive has also been scheduled from November 28 to December 2

Augmenting the ongoing vaccination drive in the city, the District Magistrate of Lucknow has now scraped the mandatory registration required before taking the vaccine against COVID. With the implementation of the walk-in vaccination system, the residents of Lucknow can now directly head to the vaccination centres and take the first or second jab without having to make a prior booking. The decision to do away with this prerequisite registration was taken by the DM in a meeting on Friday.

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Passengers from South Africa to be put under quarantine at Mumbai Airport due to Omicron scare

If the arriving passengers test COVID positive, their samples will be sent for genome sequencing

Amid the rising concerns of the new COVID variant Omicron, the Union Health Ministry has directed to increase testing and screening of all international travellers. In continuation to this, a special set of airport guidelines have been put in place for those arriving from South Africa, the epicentre of the said mutation. Reportedly, such passengers will have to undergo testing and quarantine at the Mumbai International Airport. If found COVID positive, their samples will be sent for genome sequencing, the Mumbai Mayor informed.

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