Maharashtra's first COVID-19 case was detected in Pune.
The whole Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has been declared the complete containment zone, from April 19 midnight till April 27.
Areas under the municipal councils of Ambernath, Kulgaon Badlapur and Nagar panchayat of Shahapur and Murbad, besides the entire area of Thane Zilla Parishad also fall under the containment zone and will be sealed completely till April 27.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Minister of Pune district, ordered the complete PMC-PCMC lockdown.Pimpri Chinchwad (PCMC) counterpart has also issued a similar order. As per the orders, the entry and exit of people, those carrying out essential services, into and outside the corporation limits has been restricted.
Minister Ajit Pawar tweeted “Lockdown would be strictly implemented for 8 days in Pune city & Pimpri Chinchwad area due to their high number of positive corona cases & mortality rate. Police has been directed to take necessary measures to control the corona spread. All necessary help will be provided.”
Lockdown would be strictly implemented for 8 days in Pune city & Pimpri Chinchwad area due to their high number of positive corona cases & mortality rate. Police has been directed to take necessary measures to control the corona spread. All necessary help will be provided. pic.twitter.com/oWyBiiKeSw
— Ajit Pawar (@AjitPawarSpeaks) April 18, 2020
Action will be taken against the violators roaming in the cities unnecessarily and high penalty will be also imposed on them.
At a meeting, Pawar has asked to enforce the lockdown strictly. In India, the Mumbai-Pune belt is the worst hit region. The order has imposed further restrictions on movement of people to prevent the spread of the virus.
In 2009, during the Swine Flu outbreak, the first death was also reported in Pune district.
According to state health department report 552 new Covid-19 cases reported on Sunday in Maharashtra, the total number of positive coronavirus cases in the state raised to 4,200. The virus claimed lives of 223 patients, 12 new deaths were reported on Sunday. 507 patients have been discharged after fully recovered.