Pune: With over one lakh coronavirus cases in city, Pune is witnessing a grim milestone. With number of cases mounting in the city, areas such as Nagar Road-Wadgaonsheri, Dhankawdi-Sahakar Nagar, Aundh-Baner, Warje-KarveNagar and Sinhagad Road are now new hotspots of the novel coronavirus.
Till September 4, the active patient count in Warje-KarveNagar was 201 followed by Nagar Road-Wadgaonsheri area with 161 and 146 in Sinhagad Road. Also, Aundh-Baner ward has over 83 cases with Dhankawadi-SahakarNagar which once reported hardly any cases now has over 126 cases.
Rajabhau Barate, BJP Corporator from Karvenagar admitting the serious situation said, “Karvenagar-Warje was once a Green Zone but now the cases are rising day-by-day. People need to understand the grim situation and need to take extra preventive measures. One should give me a direct call and I have made a provision to distribute essentials direct to their home. Especially, the youths who flout social distancing may now face strict action through police personnel.”
Pune has reached a critical mark in its battle against COVID-19. The district in Maharashtra now known as coronavirus capital has gone past Mumbai to become the state’s worst-affected centre in terms of the total number of coronavirus cases. On Saturday, over 4,000 new cases were reported in the district.
Pune, which is home to a large student population and many professionals from the IT sectors, has ramped up its testing in recent weeks but unfortunately with a surge in COVID-19 cases in the city has also brought some major questions that where the ventilators and ICU beds? It is being observed that even the first Jumbo Hospital in the city which was inaugurated recently with the hands of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar is lacking with enough facilities.
The death of TV journalist Pandurang Raykar and former Mayor Datta Ekbote due to unavailability of oxygenated beds and ambulance has brought the severe reality of the situation to the front.