Pune: Test reports of a brother and sister from Kavathe-Yemai village in Shirur Taluka who had attended a marriage function at Lohegaon in the city recently have come positive for COVID-19. About 50 persons who had attended this function have tested COVID-positive so far as the bridegroom himself was positive and has been proved to be the super-spreader.
About 5 patients were found to be COVID-19 positive from the same village earlier. The village was sealed after so many cases were identified in a short time. Three specially-abled persons have also quarantined in a school after their report for COVID test came positive. As a precautionary measure, the youth from the village had sealed entry and exit points to the road, a decision which was appreciated by other villagers. The everyday affairs and business activities had resumed in the village and villagers were hoping to restore normalcy in the village. However, as the news of the super-spreader marriage function became viral, the villagers have panicked. Since the siblings had attended the marriage, their swab samples were collected and sent for testing. Taluka Medical Officer Dr RD Shinde has confirmed that their test report is positive for COVID-19.
Police sub-inspector Bhagwan Palve, Village Head Arun Munjal, village officers Santosh Gaikwad, Deepak Ratnaparkhi, Shantaram Pokale, Dr Kundalik Shitole, Ritesh Shah held a meeting on this backdrop. The entire village has been fumigated.
Shirur’s Sub-Divisional Officer Santosh Deshmukh said, “Citizens are not following social distancing norms. Large gatherings are happening at marriages and other functions. If citizens do not follow the norms and guidelines issued by the government and local district administration, then strict action will be taken against them.
Shirur taluka had its first patient on March 23 at Sanaswadi. In the first month, 10 patients were found and in the second month too only 10 patients were found to be COVID-positive. Till July 1, the total number of patients in the taluka was 50. The first five days of July month saw a sudden jump in numbers and the total cases were 64. In the second week, 60 new cases were identified and now the total number of cases has crossed the 125 mark. 40 patients have recovered and five deaths.