Pune News Live: Pune district on Thursday reported 279 new Covid-19 cases and five deaths. Among Maharashtra’s 64,55,100 recovered patients, the highest number – 11,32,271 – was from the district. Pune had reported 243 coronavirus cases and three deaths on Tuesday, according to the Health Department.
In other news, the Pimpri-Chinchwad police has seized banned gutkha and paan masala worth Rs 8.7 crore in 161 cases of seizures since January 2020 and arrested 251 suspects, including racketeers, suppliers and distributors.
In 2012, the state government imposed a ban on consumption, production, sale, distribution and storage of gutkha, paan masala and other related products, considering several proven health hazards. This ban was further renewed in 2019. The state police and the Food and Drug Administration have powers to seize and conduct raids in connection with gutkha and paan masala.
Meanwhile, although Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has failed to deliver on its promise of providing 24 X 7 water supply from November 1 to the entire town, officials of the civic water supply department on Wednesday said they plan to start round-the-clock supply in a phased manner.