Amid surge in COVID-19 instances and fatalities, Pune is the worst hit district in India
With the alarming surge in COVID-19 instances and fatalities making Pune the worst-hit district in India, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and District Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday hinted at a possible lockdown until there was a dramatic enchancment within the pandemic scenario.
Mr. Pawar mentioned the decision on whether or not or not to impose a lockdown could be taken on the subsequent evaluation assembly on April 2. Till then, the current shutdown orders on all colleges and different instructional institutions in Pune could be prolonged until April 30.
“Next week, we will be taking a decision on whether or not to impose a lockdown. Even medical authorities seem to agree that if we have to break the virus chain, a lockdown is the only imperative,” he mentioned.
While stating that he was opposed to imposing a crippling lockdown, he warned that the administration could be left with no different however to take stringent measures if pandemic norms weren’t strictly adhered to.
“The COVID-19 situation in Pune is getting grimmer by the day. If it continues to deteriorate further, then we shall be left with no alternative but to take stern measures. Even now, with heightened case spikes reported each day, I find people roaming about the streets without any fear, flouting rules with impunity by not wearing masks. Such errant behaviour must immediately stop,” Mr. Pawar mentioned after a evaluation assembly with all elected representatives of the district in addition to high officers.
While Class 10 and 12 exams, in addition to the remaining papers of the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) would proceed as scheduled, the Guardian Minister mentioned all political programmes could be banned within the district from April 1 onwards.
Night curfew guidelines would stay the identical, whereas gardens would stay open solely within the mornings.
With the district clocking document every day spikes of greater than 6,000 recent instances and greater than 40 fatalities, Pune’s energetic case tally is nudging the 50,000-mark whereas its whole loss of life toll has climbed to 9,724.
The energetic case figures are worse than the height of the so-called ‘first wave’ which had engulfed the district in August-September final yr. At the time, Pune’s energetic case tally had stood at 42,000.
Meanwhile, in a bid to stem the drastic rise in instances, Mr. Pawar mentioned the administration could be requisitioning 50% of the whole beds in non-public hospitals to cater to COVID-19 sufferers. The vaccination drive could be ramped up within the coming days.
(*2*) he mentioned, including that the mattress capability of the Sassoon General Hospital had been elevated from 300 to 500, whereas the pattern testing capability there had been elevated to 2,000.
The district has additionally been testing the utmost samples in Maharashtra, reaching a median every day determine of greater than 20,000 and peaking at 25,000.