Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and the adjacent rural areas have witnessed an increasing number of corona case, tweeted Ajit Pawar, deputy chief minister, Maharashtra
PuiIn a bid to arrest the spread of coronavirus, the Maharashtra government announced a strict lockdown in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad from July 13-23.
Only essentials including milk shops, pharmacies, doctors' clinics and emergency services will be allowed during the shutdown period, the government said, adding the decision was taken to break the chain of transmission.
"Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and the adjacent rural areas have witnessed an increasing number of corona cases. Considering the seriousness of this situation, lockdown will be imposed in these areas from July 13 to prevent further spread," tweeted Ajit Pawar, deputy chief minister, Maharashtra.
Pune has a total of 35,232 covid-19 positive cases of which 18,680 are active. The city has reported 1,026 deaths so far.
On Friday, Pune division reported 1,946 cases and 42 deaths according to data from the public heath department, Maharashtra.
The government also extended lockdown in suburban Thane until 19 July. Surveying and contact tracing will be increased in hotspots in Thane.
Thane was put under lockdown last week but with cases increasing unabated, a decision was taken today to extend the lockdown.
Thane, after Mumbai, is the biggest contributor in increase of covid-19 cases. On Friday, Thane saw 316 new cases with the total number of cases at 57138. Active cases in Thane are at 30,977 and 24,624 patients have recovered.