‘Thermal scanners to be installed at airport, bus, railway stations in Pune’

ST Correspondent
Friday, 20 March 2020

“All shops and services related to groceries, medical and other essential items will remain open. Other services can remain close,” Mhaisekar added.

PUNE: Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar on Thursday said that the administration will procure thermal scanners to scan people entering Pune to avoid the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
Mhaisekar said that people with a travel history to foreign countries will be scanned at the airport, bus stations, railway stations and on highways using thermal scanners.

“If people are found with the symptoms of COVID-19, they will be stamped on their hands and will be sent for home quarantine. I also held a meeting with the dean of BJ Medical College to defer elective surgeries. However, the call on the same depends on the patient-doctor relation. This would help us to have a pool of doctors ready to help us to tackle COVID-19,” Mhaisekar said. 

The divisional commissioner said that there are more number of cases in Pimpri Chinchwad as compared to Pune and hence, strong action was taken by Pimpri Chinchwad police officials so that people do not assemble at one spot on a large scale. 

The administration will also procure 2,000 N-95 masks which are required in Pune. 

He also held a meeting with tour and travel operators on Thursday and the latter has assured the commissioner to provide him with the details of all recent foreign tours organised by them.
 
Speaking on the reduction of PMPML buses, Mhaisekar said that the number of passengers fell to 4 lakh from 12 lakh and the administration is trying to reduce the numbers further to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“All shops and services related to groceries, medical and other essential items will remain open. Other services can remain close,” Mhaisekar added.
 
District Collector Naval Kishore Ram said that the administration is working on a war footing to add the number of isolation wards in Pune. “We have seen that people are supporting and cooperating in such difficult times. The footfall on roads has reduced by 50 per cent and we have formed special teams to check if all restrictions are been followed by the people.”
 
Sharing the figures of the door-to-door surveillance by health officials in the city to check for COVID-19 symptoms in people, Mhaisekar said that about 1.74 lakh are been screened till date and of the screened persons, 10 persons are being kept under observation at Naidu Hospital.  

Admin’s Preparation
■ Thermal scanners to scan people entering Pune
■ “We have decided to stop the work of property registration until further notice,” said Mhaisekar
■ Domestic flight operations have been reduced from 110 to 68 to discourage travel. 
■ The divisional commissioner has asked the Cyber Cell of Pune city police to keep a watch on all rumours related to COVID-19 on social media and take action against the same.

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