The police officer said some mandals would not like the stand but such is the demand of the situation that restrictions were necessary. “It is difficult to discipline people and control a crowd,” he said.
The PMC while enabling the home isolation facility had directed private hospitals to discharge all asymptomatic patients and provide treatment to asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients through home isolation as the number of critical patients started increasing
The PMC has set up various cells at the ward-office level for work related to containment of Covid-19. The entire staff has been entrusted with the responsibility to contain the infection in the ward area.
The PMC stated that every person entering malls and hotels will undergo thermal screening, and those with Covid-19 symptoms should not be allowed to enter. Every person should have Aarogya Setu app on their mobile phones.
In the order by Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, there was no mention of whether gymnasiums can reopen. Under the 'unlockdown' rules issued by the Centre recently, gymnasiums and yoga institutes can function from August 5.
The study further showed that Nitrogen Oxide, mainly emitted by fuel combustion of vehicles, dropped by 57 per cent during the lockdown, as most vehicles stayed off the roads. It had dropped to 6.20 ppb (parts per billion) between March 23 and April 14.
The CM and deputy CM directed senior officers to visit all hospitals to collect actual data of patients, and find the “huge gap” between the Covid-19 figures with the state government, and those with the civic administration.
“It has been noticed that private medical practitioners at their clinics have stopped providing service…This has put pressure on the existing health infrastructure being utilised for treating patients,” said Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar.
In the growth analysis of daily Covid-19 cases in 15 ward offices, Nagar Road-Vadgaonsheri ward office area has the fourth lowest of 2,269 patients registered so far, but a surge in new patients in the last two weeks made it the fourth highest with active cases at 968.
“Maximum 81.2 per cent patients were identified through contact tracing, while awareness raised by the civic body helped 11.6 per cent patients report their symptoms on their own,” said Mayor Murlidhar Mohol.
Meanwhile, ramping up bed strength has enabled the administration to add 1,107 oxygenated beds and, as against 2,216 10 days ago, there are a total of 3,323 oxygenated beds, and 171 more ICU beds with ventilators.
The administration believes that continuation of the lockdown in its present form will not be required, although some restrictions will remain in place to avoid crowding, said Pune Collector Naval Kishore Ram.
While the PMC has declared 109 containment zones, the administration later decided to opt for re-introducing the lockdown for ten days, including strict closure on five days, to restrict free movement of citizens.
On July 18, the fatality rate in PMC jurisdiction further dropped to 2.61 per cent. Pune city has a total of 35,878 positive cases, out of which 21,881 patients have recovered so far while 935 have died
In a bid to avoid overcrowding on the first day, both civic bodies have allowed essential commodity shops and vegetable vendors to operate from 8 am to 6 pm on Sunday. From Monday, they will be allowed to operate from 8 am to 12 noon.
In an order, the new Pune Municipal Commissioner, Vikram Kumar, said that the coronavirus infection in the city is spreading very fast and the state government has empowered the civic administration to take all possible steps to stop it.