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After a disastrous few weeks with the number of COVID cases peaking in the city, the tallies are now declining in Kanpur. A total of 784 fresh cases were reported on Thursday, in contrast to 1,202 detections on Wednesday. The new additions in the number of daily cases, have pushed the count of active cases in the city to a total of 11,675. Further, the condition of the city seems to be slightly better as 1,557 recoveries were reported yesterday while 7,734 vaccine doses have been administered as yet.

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Amidst the surging COVID cases in the country right now, Goa continues to see a rising trend in the number of new infections coming up every day. With a total of 3,869 COVID positive cases reported on Thursday, the count of confirmed cases in the state so far reached a whopping total of 1,08,267. Reportedly, the state which is currently under stringent COVID-related curbs, is likely to go into a full lockdown, given these tallies.

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The one thing that has been common amid us all during the course of this pandemic, is the implication of these horrid times on our mental health. Keeping this in view, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation launched its helpline, Mpower, in April 2020 to assist people facing mental health issues. Now, BMC has stated that the helpline has received over 72,000 calls, ever since they started last year. Amongst these callers, the officials mentioned that the majority were men, worried about their job security, health issues, amid others, primarily because of the ongoing pandemic.

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Owing to the travel restrictions filed by the Rajasthan government to tackle the second COVID wave, an age-old tradition has made its way back to the Pink City and other districts across the state. Now, since buses can move with only 50% capacity and the number of wedding guests cannot exceed beyond 31, camels are back in action to transport the groom and the guests to the bride's residence.

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The University of Lucknow extended the registration dates for its undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD courses, in light of the current pandemic. Candidates applying for UG and PG courses can do so till May 31 while students opting for PhDs, have to submit their applications by May 15. Earlier the last date to apply for these courses was marked at May 3 but considering the severity of the COVID cases currently, the university took this call.

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On Wednesday, the Goa government announced that journalists are now categorized as frontline workers and they will be administered vaccines on a priority basis. Since news reporters have to be present at public arenas on a daily basis due to their line of duty, this decision will definitely steer them towards a safer side. Other states too, namely, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Odisha, Uttarakhand, amid others, have also decided to undertake the same resolution.

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Amid the horror of the second COVID wave, the Supreme Court provided a bit of relief to the parents on Monday, as it ordered a 15% rebate in annual fees, to be offered by the private schools of Rajasthan. The court also directed that no student should be barred from attending actual or virtual classes over non-payment of fees. There are also strict orders that the schools shouldn't withhold the results of the students in case of non-payment of fees.

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The Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday, issued an official statement that focuses on prioritizing the inoculation of journalists and their families members, who are above 18 years of age. The current surge of new COVID cases witnessed a large number of journalists and their families being affected, which led the UP government to take this important step. Since news correspondents are equivalent to frontline workers due to their line of duty, this decision will definitely steer them towards a safer side.

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