Pune: The graph of COVID-19 cases in Pune, the corona capital of the country is not flattening its curve. From past few days, the district is recording over 4,000 cases every day. With district observing surge, Pune city too has crossed the grim mark of one lakh coronavirus cases.
With city witnessing number of cases, Karvenagar- Warje now has emerged as a hotspot for the novel coronavirus. As Pune advances into its ‘Unlock 4’ phase with several markets, offices opened, Karvenagar-Warje has now started witnessing a huge number in COVID-19 cases. The area which was once known as Green Zone was recently on the fourth spot of the emerging hotspots in the city, but the area now has titled with grim number one hotspot in the city.
According to the reports of Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Sinhagad Road followed by Dhankawadi, Nagar Road, Kothrud are also hotspots for COVID-19 in the city.
While Karvenagar-Warje showed a slight rise in positive cases some time ago, the graph was flattened in May and June but now the area which comprises of small pockets of slums, as well as a few plush societies, is showing exponential growth in the new cases. The Pune administration has already taken all preventive measures to guarantee the outbreak doesn’t spread in this area. 22 colonies in Karvenagar area are already being sealed by the administration while several parts are also sealed in Warje.
Karvenagar-Warje division comprises of Erandwane, Happy Colony, Karvenagar, Warje-Malwadi, Shivne and Uttam Nagar. According to the PMC reports, there are 2,181 active cases in the area. There are 318 active cases in Happy Colony with 484 are witnessed in Karvenagar. Highest of 841 cases are recorded in Warje-Malwadi area while 565 are active in Shivne-Uttamnagar premises. Till date, the area has witnessed 102 fatalities. According to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), a maximum number of cases reported here are from slum pockets in this area.
Pune municipal Corporator, Sushil Mengde of Karvenagar said, “The area was in control and was known as Green Zone but cases are rising here. It’s a tough time and people should take preventive measures. People should not venture unnecessarily and should travel wearing a face mask.”
“Rapid antigen test should be conducted around the area where the new cases can be detected earlier and the patients can receive quick treatment,” he added.