Pune | Jagran News Desk: In wake of the rising coronavirus cases in the state, the Maharashtra government on Friday announced its decision to impose a complete ten day lockdown in the Pune district from July 13 to July 23. The officials further said that the lockdown will be imposed in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and some parts of Rural Pune in wake of the rising coronavirus cases.

In another statement, the district administration, however, said that essential services will continue to be available during the shutdown in the region, adding that medical stores and hospitals will remain open.    

"Complete lockdown announced for Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and some parts of Rural Pune from 13th July to 23rd July. Only shops related to essential services like dairy and medical stores and hospitals will remain open," news agency ANI quoted Pune Divisional commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar as saying.

Meanwhile, Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram said that the lockdown will be implemented 22 villages in rural parts of the Pune district. Ram further said that the district officials will also increase the number of containment zones in the district, reported ANI.

This comes just hours after the Pune district recorded its biggest single-day spike of 1,803 new coronavirus cases on Friday. So far, the highly contagious coronavirus, which is caused by SARS‑CoV‑2, has affected 34,399 and claimed the 978 lives in the Pune district, according to the state officials. 

The state officials further said that the novel coronavirus has affected 6,982 in Pimpri Chinchwad while the number of COVID-19 positive cases reported from the district's rural parts and areas in the Pune Cantonment Board as well as the civil hospital has increased to 3,138.

"Of the 1,803 cases, as many as 1,032 were reported from the areas located in the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) limits, where the number of patients has reached 24,977," news agency PTI quoted officials as saying. The officials further told PTI that more than 580 people in the Pune district have been discharged from hospitals.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma