COVID-19: Pimpri Chinchwad back in red zone again but lockdown relaxations to stay

Salil Urunkar
Saturday, 8 August 2020

Pimpri Chinchwad has been included in the red zone again as the number of COVID-19 cases in the city have increased significantly

Pune: Pimpri Chinchwad has been included in the red zone again as the number of COVID-19 cases in the city have increased significantly. However, the lockdown relaxations will remain in place and only commercial establishments will be sealed only if widespread infection is reported.

Pimpri-Chinchwad city reported its first patient of Covid-19 on March 10. The Covid-19 outbreak situation was under control in March, April and May month. Thus, the state government had on May 22 excluded Pimpri-Chinchwad city from the red zone category and permitted certain activities. On May 22, there were only 265 Covid-19 patients but since the lockdown relaxations were implemented, the number of Covid-19 cases are on the rise.

For the last few days, the average number of new cases reported daily in the city was above the 1,000 mark. The total number of Covid-19 patients has now crossed the 25 thousand mark. Hence the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) had sent a proposal to the state government to include the city in the red zone category again. This proposal was accepted by the state government on Friday (August 7).

PCMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar said, “Pimpri Chinchwad is an industrial township and being included in the red zone category is not a good sign. However, the decision has been taken after considering the daily new cases being reported.”

“So far if one or two patients are found in any company or commercial establishment, then contact tracing of other employees is done and the premise is sanitised. If more employees are found positive for Covid-19 then the company or establishment was closed temporarily. But now, if widespread infection is noticed in these establishments then those will be sealed for a longer period as a precautionary measure,” Hardikar said.

Commissioner Hardikar also stressed that citizens should maintain social distancing after stepping out of their homes and should wear a mask at all times while being out in public places.

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