Pune: In order to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus, complete shutdown will be imposed in Pune city from July 13 for 10 days. According to Deepak Mhaisekar, Pune Divisional Commissioner, first, five days of the lockdown will be strict as only milk, medicine, clinics and hospitals will be allowed to run. For the next five days, essential services including sale of vegetables, groceries will be permitted in addition to those allowed earlier.
Mhaisekar said, “After first five days of strict lockdown when only dairies, medical shops and hospitals will be allowed to operate, the situation will be reviewed and delivery of some essential items will be given. Separate orders will be issued later, some for those delivering the essential services.”
Pune District Naval Kishore Ram stated that detailed orders will be issued in coming two days regarding which government offices may remain functional. He said the industrial units which supply essential goods will be permitted to function with some norms.
Shekhar Gaikwad, Pune Municipal Commissioner briefed that the lockdown in the city will be carried out in two phases, the first will begin from July 13-17 and the next one from July 18-23.
Meanwhile, Pune city reported 903 coronavirus cases whereas 496 cases were witnessed in Pimpri-Chinchwad limit on Friday taking the total count over 35,000 in Pune district.
The decision to impose the strict shutdown was taken in a meeting chaired by Deputy CM of the State and Pune District Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar.
Ajit Pawar led coronavirus review meeting on Friday. Senior officials in Pune as well as Principal Advisor to the Chief Minister Ajoy Mehta, Secretary Medical Education Principal Secretary of Public Health Department Dr Pradeep Kumar Vyas and FDA Dr Sanjay Mukherjee among others were present.
Pune Collector Naval Kishore Ram, Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar, PMC Commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad, PCMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar also attended the meeting.
FIRST PHASE LOCKDOWN: FROM JULY 13-17
Milk dairies, medical shops and hospitals will be allowed to operate.
SECOND PHASE LOCKDOWN: FROM JULY 18-23
Medical stores, Hospitals and essential services will be permitted.