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Just last week, to make things convenient for tipplers, the Maharashtra government had opened up the liquor stores from 4 May to 6 May. After this step was undertaken, the government was forced to shut down these shops after they were fiercely overcrowded which led to the flouting of social distancing rules and the police had to lathicharge disobedient customers. But keeping in mind the tax income that liquor sales generate, the Maharashtra government has issued orders of home delivery of liquor in the state.

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The corona pandemic has been plaguing our lives for weeks now and the daily news updates about the number of victims and deaths are nothing but depressing. But in the recent times, the officials stats pertaining to COVID-19 cases in Lucknow is bringing us specks of hope. On the 10th of May, 16 patients in Lucknow were cured of the virus and discharged, which has also brought the number of active cases down to 53 from 69. At the moment, Uttar Pradesh has almost 3,500 confirmed corona cases and there are over 1500 recovered patients till date.

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During such testing times when news pieces are nothing but disturbing, it is also essential to keep our eyes focused on the hopeful part of the situation. Although Uttar Pradesh has around 3,000 confirmed cases of corona at the moment, there are over 1100 recovered patients till date and on the 6th of May itself, Lucknow witnessed the recovery of 90 COVID-19 patients.

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In the light of the several overcrowded areas in Mumbai due to the sales of liquor on Monday, Mumbai Police officials have warned the citizens against flouting social distancing rules. Maharashtra is the worst hit state in India in terms of the corona pandemic but this relaxation led to the disregarding of norms set by the health experts.

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Amidst the corona pandemic, Maharashtra continues to be the worst hit state in India with almost 13,000 cases and on Sunday itself, 678 new patients were reported by the state health officials. But as the third phase of the lockdown began on May 4, the Maharashtra Government has allowed standalone shops selling non-essential items including liquor stores to operate in certain areas in Mumbai including Juhu, Bandra, Khar and Santacruz.

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Amid this pandemic situation, till now Uttar Pradesh has witnessed 2,211 confirmed cases of coronavirus and around 40 deaths because of it. But we must also focus on the silver lining of this cloudy situation. More than 65 COVID-19 patients have been cured here in Lucknow and many of these patients are being given a warm send off by the hospital authorities for a morale boost.

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One of the oldest test prep brands in India with a legacy of 43 years, IMS has been a part of Lucknow for around 2 decades now. An MBA coaching centre which has been mentoring students and churning out toppers since ages, IMS has been a go-to option for an umpteen number of CAT aspirants from all over the city and beyond. During this period of lockdown, IMS is making sure that the students who wish to crack MBA examinations with flying colours, don't get dettered from their ultimate academic goals. So to keep the students on track, they're conducting online classes and taking extra measures to keep everyone going!

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The Uttar Pradesh government has put plasma therapy into practice to treat COVID-19 patients in the state and now, UP has become the third state to do so after Delhi and Kerala. KGMU hospital in Lucknow is the first medical facility in the state to start off with this process to contain the virus and the plasma donations have been carried out by two recovered patients on Saturday.

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