Pune:10-day lockdown begins to break Covid-19 chain

  • Medical stores, dairies, hospitals, and essential services will be allowed to remain open during the lockdown

Amid rising Covid-19 cases in Pune, a 10-day lockdown begins form today to break the Covid-19 chain. Roads and busy markets in the city wear a deserted look during the lockdown.

Maharashtra government has announced an extension of lockdown to contain the rising coronavirus cases in the state. 1,333 new cases have been reported in Pune taking the tally close to the 40,000-mark.

As the number of coronavirus cases continue to surge in the state, the Maharashtra government has decided to impose the second phase of lockdown from July 18th till July 23rd in Pune.

Medical stores, dairies, hospitals and essential services will be allowed to remain open, ANI reported.

Pune district has reported 1,491 new coronavirus patients, taking the number of cases to 41,326. The death toll due to coronavirus in the western Maharashtra district reached 1,141 with 43 patients succumbing since Monday evening.

521 new cases were found in Pimpri-Chinchwad area near Pune city where the case count now stands at 8,420.

The 10-day lockdown has been declared in a bid to slow down the transmission rate, and to reduce the burden on the current medical infrastrcuture, said a civic officer.

The lockdown will also give PMC time to scale up its infrastructure and ensure treatment facility for more patients in need of ICU beds.

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