Pune: Amidst the rising number of COVID-19 cases, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has decided to visit Pune city in the next two days to review the COVID-19 situation. Announcement of CM Thackeray's visit comes a day after opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis criticised him for neglecting Pune city.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has made this announcement in a special meeting convened at the Mantralaya - the administrative headquarters of the state. Pawar also informed in this meeting that henceforth, all agencies engaged in the COVID-19 prevention strategy in Pune city and district areas will work under a central command.
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope, Pune City Mayor Murlidhar Mohol, Principal Secretary Pradeep Vyas, Divisional Commissioner Dr Deepak Mhaisekar, Special Officer Saurabh Rao, Pune Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, District Collector Naval Kishor Ram and other senior officials attended the meeting.
Pawar said, "The testing capacity has been increased in Pune city and district and that is reflecting in the rising number of cases. The situation in Pune city and district is under control. The state government has taken the situation in Pune city and district seriously and all agencies are working on a war footing to contain the spread of coronavirus. Chief Minister Thackeray himself will visit Pune in two days which will boost everyone's morale in this fight against COVID-19."
Tope said, "The central government is helping the state government. Ventilators, life-saving drugs and permissions for plasma therapy have been given with fastest turnaround time. Minister Javadekar should help in getting the support of military hospitals to reduce the burden on doctors in the state."
Javadekar said, "The containment zones must be revised regularly considering the number of cases increasing or decreasing in any area. Sero-surveys must be conducted in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad cities with the help of social organisations to assess the Covid situation in the city. We will also follow-up with the Defence Ministry about making medical staff, doctors from Armed Forces Medical College and Command Hospital in Cantonment areas to the municipal corporation."