Pune: Rambaug Colony and Shivtirthnagar societies have emerged as the most affected parts of the COVID-19 hotspot Kothrud area with the number of cases crossing the 1000 mark. The number of cases in societies as well as densely populated slums is increasing equally which has become a cause of worry for the administration. Despite micro-containment zone demarcations, the number of cases has not yet declined.
Kothrud is known as the fastest developed suburb of Pune city. During the initial lockdown phase, it was in the green zone with only a handful of cases reported from the area. However, the recent relaxations given in the lockdown has resulted in movement of citizens from various parts of the city to Kothrud which has led to the rise in the number of positive COVID-19 cases.
As of July 12, Kothrud has recorded a total 1058 cases and 17 deaths. A total of 702 patients have recovered from the COVID-19 and still 339 cases are active. The civic and health officials have asked 1594 persons to stay at home in quarantine.
The maximum cases reported in Kothrud region are 496 from just two localities – Shivtirthnagar and Rambaug Colony. Following these societies, the second most affected part is Kelewadi, Kothrud Depot and Bavdhan with 303 cases.
Shrikrishna Colony and PMC colony in Shastrinagar area is also one of the hotspots of the region. Similarly, Mayur Colony, Dahanukar colony and Laxminagar have the most number of COVID-19 positive patients so far. Several political parties and local leaders have distributed medicine kits including tablets for increasing immunity of individuals. Police have demarcated and barricaded the micro containment zones, but none of these measures have resulted in a decline in the number of cases so far.
Some elected representatives from this region claim that citizens are not following social distancing norms, not wearing masks and are not ready to undergo tests for COVID-19. This is creating problems for the civic administration to implement measures to reduce the COVID-19 cases in the area.
COVID-19 IN KOTHRUD
- Total cases: 1058
- Deaths: 17
- Recovered: 702
- Active cases: 339
- Home quarantined: 1594