Pune: Four employees at Govind Baug - the residence of veteran politician and Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar - have tested positive for Covid-19. Total of 11 people have tested positive in Baramati on Friday (August 21).
A week before, two security guards at Pawar's Mumbai residence, the Silver Oak bungalow, had tested positive for COVID-19. They both were from the security personnel fleet deployed for Sharad Pawar's protection.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Baramati has now reached 473 while the death toll so far is 25. Of the samples taken on Wednesday, 38 pending reports were received, out of which three male and one female domestic workers from Govind Baug in Malegaon reported positive for COVID-19. The COVID-19 test reports of the remaining 34 persons are negative.
Of the 138 samples taken for COVID-19 tests on Thursday, 74 were reported negative and 64 are awaiting reports. Also, reports of three persons from the city who had given samples to a private lab in Baramati, have been reported positive for antigen tests. This brings the total number of COVID-19 patients in Baramati to 473. So far, 248 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and 197 are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Baramati.
Baramati police restrictions on Ganeshotsav
Police have imposed restrictions on public celebrations of Ganeshotsav this year to prevent crowds and to curb spreading of coronavirus. Sub-divisional police officer Narayan Shirgaonkar has clarified that pandals will not be allowed to be set up anywhere on the road in public places.
Shirgaonkar also said that the Ganesh idols should be installed in temples instead of pandals, the Ganesh idols should not be more than four feet in height, there should be now crowding or procession at the time of installation and immersion of Ganesh idols, more than five people should not gather at the time of installation and aarti and installation of Ganesh idols in containment zones has been prohibited.