At least 60 fresh cases were reported in Pune on Monday, taking the district’s tally of cases — including deaths and recoveries — to 2,103, health officials said. The district’s death toll now stands at 115.
“As many as 18 new cases were reported between 9 p.m. on Sunday and midnight,” District Health Officer Bhagwan Pawar said. More were reported during the rest of the day.
Many of the cases reported from Pimpri-Chinchwad on Monday are essential workers or their contacts, said Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar. “We have made it compulsory for people in these containment zones to wear masks if they have to step out for essential requirements,” he said.
The township has been divided into 21 containment zones, with the civic chief sealing off Pimple-Saudagar and old Sangavi from where the new cases were reported.
Mr. Hardikar said unlike Pune, where shops selling essential items in the non-containment zones are permitted to remain open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., similar shops in Pimpri-Chinchwad will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., irrespective of the nature of the zone.
Of the 1,441 active cases reported till Sunday evening, 1,151 are at present undergoing treatment in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)- run hospitals, 141 in Sassoon and BJ Medical College Hospitals, 71 in civil hospitals, 13 in rural hospitals and 65 in PCMC-run hospitals.
Eighty-three of these patients are said to be in a critical condition.
Dr. Pawar said that till Sunday, samples of 16,935 people had been tested in Pune district, of whom 14,512 returned negative. A total 1,825 people are in quarantine facilities.
Along with Pune’s fatalities, the death toll in Pune division — which includes Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Solapur districts along with Pune — now stands at 125, with Solapur reporting six deaths, Satara two, and Kolhapur and Sangli each reporting one death so far.
Solapur district had recorded 14 new cases on Sunday, including the son of a corporator and two of his close relatives.