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In a significant move to release pressure on Lucknow's overburdened medical infrastructure, the COVID hospital developed by the Defence Research Development Organisation, will start admitting patients from today. Established in a record time of two weeks, this 500-bed facility at Awadh Shipgram has been built after the Lucknow MP, who is also the Defence Minister of the country, issued orders in this regard.

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The developmental works of DRDO COVID Hospital at Awadh Shilpgram in Lucknow, has progressed in full momentum and it now stands in the final stage of completion. On Wednesday, this 350-bed provisional facility welcomed ventilators. These are currently being installed to finish the principal construction rapidly, in a week's time. Post this, the hospital will start admitting COVID patients, read reports.

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In the last week, Lucknow's COVID scale with respect to new infections, has clocked an average of 20 cases every day and on Thursday, the tally hovered at the 24 mark. While recovery has been steady here, the number of discharges remained limited to just 12 recoveries, just half of the count of fresh detections. With these statistics, Lucknow nurses an aggregate of 281 active cases, the highest across Uttar Pradesh.

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Amidst inflating count of COVID infections, the second outburst of the pandemic has completely engulfed Lucknow, raising tensions all across the city. While getting a bed for serious/critical patients is getting more difficult with each passing day, the available medical infrastructure in Lucknow is failing to provide even sufficient facilities for preliminary diagnostic tests. Keeping such circumstances in view, we have come up with a comprehensive list of testing facilities available in the city presently.

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Marking an unprecedented hike in infection rates, Lucknow has evolved as the newest hotspot of the COVID virus, just in a span of two weeks. With several mutants and altered symptoms, the virus has made it difficult for the city dwellers to combat its perturbing effects. Taking hastened measures for containing the pandemic, the state and the city administration has executed an array of measures! So here's a quick glance through everything that has changed in Lucknow in the past 10 days.

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A day after recording its highest ever single-day case spike of 6,598 infections, Lucknow's COVID-19 daily case graph sloped marginally on Saturday. As per the Health Department reports, about 5,913 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours here, increasing the active caseload in the same ratio. Consequently, the state capital has emerged as the worst-hit district in Uttar Pradesh and new facilities are being set up to tackle the emergent case rise.

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Would you believe us, if we told you that a short ride to Lucknow's outskirts will take you on a food trail across the country? Well, with a wide range of delicacies from different Indian states, Hunar Haat, taking place at city's Awadh Shilp Gram, is here to put an end to your food cravings! Presenting a sprawling table of some of India's richest delicacies, Hunar Haat has become a bustling food-hub inviting shout-outs from food-buffs across the city!

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Lucknow's maiden jaggery festival, the Gur Mahotsav has been rescheduled and will now be held from March 6 to 7, 2021. Along with the dates, the venue for the event has also been changed and instead of Awadh Shilp Gram at Shaheed Path, the fair will now be held at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Gomti Nagar. To be held as part of Ravidas Jayanti celebrations, this first of its kind exhibition will showcase a wide variety of jaggery and products made from it.

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