Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)have improved the number of micro-containment zones in Pune from 74 to 109. The state government which recently gave some relaxations on the lockdown resulted in rise in the cases of the COVID-19 in Pune. In the first phase of Unlock 1, there were 74 micro-containment zones in the city but now in the second phase (Unlock 2), it has gone up to 109.
The administration detached 15 areas from the list of micro-containment zones while adding another 50. There has been a spike in COVID-19 cases in the non-slum pockets in Pune. Many areas which previously had little or no coronavirus cases and which were considered as Green Zones such as Kothrud, Karvenagar, Warje, Baner, Aundh are now witnessing a sudden surge in the spread of the virus.
The maximum micro containment zones are reported in parts of Ahmednagar road, Hadapsar, Satara Road, Bopodi and Parvati.
Shekhar Gaikwad, Pune Municipal Commissioner, said, “Though the number of micro-containment zones has enlarged, areas under them are smaller as the civic body is going micro-level. The administration has now turned a single building or particular lane as a new containment zones.” He said that the civic body identified the new micro containment zones based on the surge of the novel coronavirus cases in those areas. The PMC, as per the revised plan, has decided to take its evaluation every week.
The administration, however, has not made any changes in the timings of shops. Like previously, the shops in containment zones will operate between 7 am to 2 pm while those in non-containment zones will function between 9 am to 7 pm.
Meanwhile, Pune has had a tally of 23,507 coronavirus cases out of these, 14,443 people have recovered and discharged. On Thursday, the city has reported 217 new COVID-19 cases in a span of 12 hours.
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