Updated: June 26, 2021 9:02:45 am
There will be no further relaxations in lockdown norms for a few days in Pune district, the state government said on Friday.
“The number of patients and the positivity rate has reduced. However, experts have predicted an increase in patients in the coming days. Thus, the administration has decided to continue with the existing lockdown norms,” said state Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil after reviewing the Covid-19 situation in the district.
“There is a third wave of coronavirus infections in other countries. There is fear of the same in our country, according to experts. The administration is preparing to handle the situation but local residents should not move out unnecessarily… and many have been found to be moving out,” said Walse-Patil.
He said increasing crowd at weddings was a cause of concern and police have been asked to strictly implement rules of limited attendance at such functions.
In accordance with earlier orders, most activities in the city have been allowed, but Covid-appropriate behaviour has to be followed and only limited number of people are allowed at events. The PMC had reimposed the weekend lockdown and no non-essential activities or services are allowed on weekends.
Meanwhile, Baramati MP Surpiya Sule said the Covid-19 review meeting for Pune district was chaired by Walse-Patil as Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, who usually holds the review meeting, had a scheduled meeting somewhere else.
Sule said everyone should take the pandemic seriously and everyone should behave responsibly. “We need not celebrate if there is a decrease in the number of patients. It’s a virus and it is going to mutate. Everyone needs to continue taking care of themselves,” she said.
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