Pune: The number of COVID-19 positive cases in Mulshi taluka - including the Information Technology (IT) hub areas of Hinjawadi and Maan villages - are steadily increasing. So far, 263 cases have been reported with a single-day high of 5 cases from Maan and 3 from Hinjawadi on Wednesday (July 15). Police have filed cases against 30 persons who were found violating lockdown norms and loitering in the area.
Mulshi Taluka Medical Officer Dr Ajit Karanjkar said, "Villagers are not serious about wearing masks and maintaining social distance. They come together for a casual chat without taking proper precautions, which is a major reason behind the spread of coronavirus."
Recently, a young man from Aandgaon in Mulshi taluka had to be admitted on oxygen support in Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial (YCM) hospital in Pimpri-Chinchwad. He had a fever for two days. Despite the visible symptoms, he ignored them and continued working on the farm. Later, when his condition became serious, he went to a private hospital in Pirangut for a checkup. He was advised to go to the government hospital in Paud. Instead, he went to a private hospital in Pune city where he took the COVID-19 test. He was tested positive for COVID-19 but could not receive treatment due to unavailability of beds. When his condition worsened, he was admitted to the YCM hospital, where he got a bed with oxygen support. The patient is recovering now.
Dr Karanjkar said, "After the young man's report was informed, we immediately sealed the area of his residence. Contact tracing has been initiated. Now the man's health condition is stable and he is recovering."
Village Development Officer Rajaram Kasihlkar said, "We had noticed some shops kept open despite the lockdown orders prohibiting them. We have taken action against those two shopkeepers. Another two persons were fined for not wearing masks."
Police have set up checkpoints at Bhugaon, Ghotawade, Lavale and other areas to regulate vehicular and citizen movement during the lockdown period.