- Taking a step forward to prevent the spread of COVID-19, a 10-day lockdown will be imposed in Pune, neighboring Pimpri-Chinchwad.
- Lockdown will be implemented in a few other parts of the district as well, starting July 13, a senior official said.
The lockdown will come into force from midnight of July 13 and end on July 23. Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, municipal corporation limits, cantonments, and 22 villages bordering these civic areas will be under lockdown, Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar announced on Friday.
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.
Hospitals, milk shops, pharmacies, and clinics will be allowed to operate, he said. Emergency services have been excluded from the lockdown, he announced.
Meanwhile, district collector Naval Kishore Ram said the decision was taken to break the chain of the viral spread.
A detailed order about the lockdown will be issued soon, Pune municipal commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad said.
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