Coronavirus outbreak: 10-day lockdown in Pune from July 13-23
The district reported a record spike of 1,803 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday that pushed the tally to 34,399, while the toll rose to 978
In a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19, a 10-day lockdown will be imposed in Pune, neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad, and a few other parts of the district starting July 13, a senior official said on Friday. The lockdown will come into force from midnight of July 13 and end on July 23, he said.
The district reported a record spike of 1,803 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday that pushed the tally to 34,399, while the toll rose to 978.
The decision to enforce the lockdown was taken in a meeting chaired by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and district guardian minister Ajit Pawar here, the official said.
"A lockdown will be imposed in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and some other areas of the district considering the rise in COVID-19 cases," divisional commissioner (Pune division) Deepak Mhaisekar said.
Complete lockdown announced for Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and some parts of Rural Pune from 13th July to 23rd July. Only shops related to essential services like dairy and medical stores & and hospitals will remain open: Pune Divisional commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar #Maharashtra— ANI (@ANI) July 10, 2020
The lockdown period between July 13 and July 18 will be stricter, wherein only milk shops, pharmacies, and clinics will be allowed to operate, he said.
Emergency services have been excluded from the lockdown, he added.
22 villages have been identified in rural parts of Pune district where this lockdown will be implemented. Apart from Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad area, containment zones these villages will be added: Naval Kishore Ram, Pune district collector. #Maharashtra https://t.co/llZ1NVhCxL— ANI (@ANI) July 10, 2020
Meanwhile, district collector Naval Kishore Ram said the decision was taken to break the chain of viral spread.
A detailed order about the lockdown will be issued soon, Pune municipal commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad said.
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