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370 micro-containment zones set up in Pimpri-Chinchwad, active cases surge

In a video message, Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil appealed to the people to strictly follow social distancing norms along with wearing face masks and using sanitisers.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: March 7, 2021 3:06:12 am
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With the industrial city of Pimpri-Chinchwad registering the highest of 602 Covid positive cases in last three months on Friday evening, the number of containment zones and micro-containment zones has gone up significantly.

PCMC Additional Health Chief Dr Pavan Salve said the collective number of both containment zones and micro-containment zones has been rising over the past few months. “Collectively, both stand at 465. There are 370 micro-containment zones and 95 containment zones,” he said.

Dr Salve said micro-containment zones are set up after two or more positive cases are found. “A micro containment zone can be a flat, two flats or one floor in a building,” he said. Whereas, a containment zone is when the entire building is sealed or a particular area is sealed when a large number of cases are found.

Health officials said the figure of 602 positive cases is the highest in three months and denotes the surge of cases in the last one month. “At the start of February, we had only around 60 cases each day. In one week, these shot up beyond 100. By fourth week, we had more than 400 cases daily and now, 602. The graph is rising and we need cooperation from the people,” Dr Salve said.

In a video message, Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil appealed to the people to strictly follow social distancing norms, wear mask and use sanitisers. “Pimpri-Chinchwad had been able to effectively control the spread of the virus in the past. Now that the cases have started rising again, citizens need to remain alert and avoid crowded places. Use of masks and sanitisers and observing social distancing will go a long way in controlling the spread of the virus. We need public participation like in the past to keep the situation under control.”

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In Friday’s review meeting at the divisional commissionerate, PCMC health officials said various measures where discussed to control the spread of the virus. “Among the measures discussed included allowing only parcel services for hotels and restaurants and restricting the timings of marketplaces. A final decision has not been taken yet. We hope it will be announced soon,” officials.

As per the PCMC health department, Pimpri-Chinchwad has seen 1,07,832 positive cases till date. Of these, 1,01,714 have been discharged. There are as many as 4263 active cases in the district.

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