Pune city coronavirus cases rise to 20 as another tests positive

Friday, 27 March 2020

Collector asks citizens to stay at home and maintain distance.

PUNE: Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram said one case of a positive patient of coronavirus (COVID-19) was reported from Pune on Thursday. This takes the total number of patients from the city to 20 and in the State to 126. One new case of COVID-19 was reported on Thursday in Pune taking the total in the city to 20.

The patient is a 40-year-old admitted at a private hospital. As per health officials, the patient was admitted on March 20 for other diseases. So far, there is no foreign travel history of the patient. Further details are awaited, said authorities. 

Ram has appealed to people to focus on staying at home and maintaining social distance.

The collector appreciated the efforts taken by the people and how they are adhering to the directives from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Still, he said he was unhappy to see the presence of some people on the roads.

“It is good to see that 90 per cent of people are staying at home, but about 10 per cent are still seen on the roads. We must understand, that to beat COVID-19, we will have to stay at our homes. Similarly, when people are stepping out to buy essential things, we must maintain a distance of six feet from other persons,” added Ram.

Speaking on the sale of fuel, the collector appealed to the petrol pump owners to provide fuel to the people. “Police officials are keeping a tab of people stepping out and allowing those who are involved in the supply of essential goods and services to come out. While providing fuel to such people, petrol pump owners should make sure that there is no mass gathering at the pumps,” Ram added.

He said there is no restriction on crop harvesting if social distancing was followed. People involved in the transport of essential goods and services should display the same on their vehicles to avoid being questioned by police officials.

“Doctors, nurses, medical staff and government employees should carry their identification cards, and they will not be stopped by police officials,” he said,

- Officials of the district administration said that there was one positive case of COVID-19 reported in Pune division which includes Pune, Satara, Solapur, Kolhapur and Sangli on Thursday. Currently, there are 43 positive cases of COVID-19, nine in Sangli, two in Satara, 20 in Pune and 12 in Pimpri Chinchwad.
- Officials said that the administration is working to find the list of vendors providing home delivery of grocery and household items.
- District Collector Naval Kishore Ram said, “The lockdown period is of 21 days, and people should follow the same. The administration is working round-the-clock and will update people continuously on do’s and don’ts.”

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