Updated: June 26, 2021 8:59:27 am
Eight villages in Pune district’s Baramati taluka have been declared containment zones till July 7 following a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in the last one week. Only essential services will be allowed in these villages till then.
“The cases in these villages have doubled in a week,” said Block Development Officer Dadasaheb Kamble. “After 15 days, we will review the situation. If cases do not rise further, we will lift the containment measures,” he added.
“Though cases are coming down in urban areas, there is an increase in rural areas. We have instructed officials to ensure that the containment plan is strictly adhered to by the residents,” said Kamble.
Officials said since February this year, Baramati had started witnessing an increase in cases of coronavirus infection. “Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had instructed officials to implement stringent restrictions allowing only hospitals and medical stores to remain open…,” they said.
The villages which have been declared as containment zones include Katewadi, where the Pawar family lives, Sawal, Pundare, Shirsuphal, Manajinagar, Morgaon, Malegaon Budruk and Undhwadi Kathepathar. Officials said each of these villages has more than 10 active cases. The total population of these villages is estimated to be around 7,000.
Kamble said Baramati taluka has 118 villages. “Of these, at least 24 villages currently have no active Covid-19 cases. However, we don’t have a single village where no case was found in the last 15 months,” he said.
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