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MUMBAI: In an emergency move, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), sealed the central region and the Kondhwa area of the city, effective midnight of 6 April, to halt the further spread of covid-19 in these areas.

“Family welfare committee of India has suggested the Pune Municipal Corporation to implement emergency prohibition procedures across these locations in Pune to control the highly contagious coronavirus disease. The number of positive cases is on the rise in Pune every day, and it is difficult to deny that more positive cases may rise in Pune after the total number of positive cases in India is taken into consideration," said the PMC order issued on 6 April, which has been reviewed by Mint.

The 21-square kilometre radius in central Pune includes localities such as Maharshi Nagar, Mukund Nagar, Swargate, Ghorpadi, Bhawani Peth, Shukrawar Peth, Raviwar Peth, Shaniwar Peth, Rasta Peth, Mangalwar Peth, Somwar Peth, Nana Peth, Kasba Peth, Kashewadi Narayan Peth and Salisbury Park has been sealed along with about 7 square kilometre area in Kondhwa, a senior municipal corporation official told Mint over a phone call.

"Starting Monday 6th April 2020 at midnight the Kondhva region, all the "Peth" regions (Maharshi Nagar to RTO Office) are going to be sealed until further notice is issued. The police in charge of these regions will seal the area. People are prohibited to leave these areas until further notice is issued. It is compulsory for every person in these areas to wear masks," the order said.

The lockdown, however, exempts vegetable vendors/agriculture-related transport, essentials, including grocery and medical, institutional and government vehicles.

The PMC order said the lockdown will entail sealing off the area, prohibiting civilians to enter or leave the area and prohibiting all vehicles into these localities.

“There were 37 cases in a concentrated area in the central region, also called old Poona, where we issued an order to seal the entire area last night. In Kondhwa region, too, we found six covid-19 positive cases among those who had come in contact with few families that came back from Delhi," Shekhar Gaikwad, PMC commissioner told Mint in a telephonic interaction.

“Both these areas have now been sealed, in the sense that no one will be allowed to go in or out of these localities until we have surveyed all the homes there. We have deployed around 15 teams in these areas that will survey each house, as the contamination seems to have spread in the community," he added.

As of 6 April, there were 141 covid-19 positive cases in Pune, of which five had died. The cases in Pune are the second highest after Mumbai, which had 526 confirmed cases and 34 deaths as of last night. So far, Maharashtra is the worst affected by the covid-19 pandemic with a total of 868 cases and 52 deaths, according to the public health department of the state.

About 73% deaths have been found in male patients, while maximum deaths-about 60%-have happened among people who are above 61 years of age. Most patients who have died in the state had other co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension and other serious illnesses. Majority of the dead also did not have any international travel history but suffered from pre-existing health conditions, a statement from the government said.

While 35,521 people were put in home quarantine and 3,498 people in institutional quarantine, 70 patients had been discharged after they recovery fully, the statement said.

There are a total of 2,855 squads working across the state, and a survey of over 10 lakh people had already been conducted. In the municipal corporation areas of Mumbai and Pune, 519 and 439 teams are at work, conducting doorstep surveys. An additional 210 teams in the Nagpur corporation area and 196 teams in Navi Mumbai area are doing the same.

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