Wednesday saw 117 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths across the State, taking the number of positive cases to 1,135 and deaths to 72.
State health officials said five of these eight deaths — including one of a 64-year-old man from Dharavi — were from Mumbai, one in Kalyan Dombivli, and two in Pune. Dharavi also reported six new cases on Wednesday taking the number of cases in Asia’s largest slum to 13. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has attributed all 13 cases to attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi last month.
Sixteen people have died in Pune district so far. While State health authorities said only two deaths had occurred in Pune on Wednesday, divisional authoritiesc onfirmed seven and the district administration said there were eight deaths.
According to State Surveillance Officer Dr. Pradeep Awate, 117 people have been discharged till date, while more than 4,400 people are in institutional quarantine facilities.
Stringent lockdown measures have been taken by Pune police to rein in the spread of COVID-19 in five clusters in the city identified as ‘high-risk’ zones. Four clusters in Pimpri-Chinchwad were also cordoned off on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, two more deaths — one each from Sahyadri and Noble Hospitals — were reported by medical authorities late on Wednesday evening. However, these were not corroborated by divisional authorities.
Of the eight deaths, five occurred in the Sassoon Hospital, while one each was reported in the Naidu and the multi-speciality Noble and Inamdar Hospitals respectively, said sources.
“One death was of a 44-year-old person undergoing treatment in Naidu Hospital who was admitted on April 4. He passed away early morning following renal failure. Another death was in Sassoon Hospital of a 54-year-old man with diabetes who was referred by a private hospital where he had tested positive. The third death was in Noble hospital, who was admitted and was in a critical condition. He was also a hypertensive and diabetic,” said Pune Divisional Commissioner Dr. Deepak Mhaisekar.
The other five patients who died too had similar comorbidities and ailments, said district authorities.
Meanwhile, like in Mumbai, Pune District Collector Naval Kishore also made wearing of masks compulsory for citizens and government officials alike in Pune district.
Pune also reported 38 new cases today, taking the district’s tally to 195, with more than 170 of these being from urban and rural Pune, and the remaining 21 from Pimpri-Chinchwad.
The district has recorded more than 120 new cases and 11 deaths over a five-day period prompting authorities to completely seal off the eastern part of the city which includes a wide swathe from the RTO to Gultekdi.
To strictly enforce the stringent lockdown measures, hundreds of police personnel led by senior police authorities took out a ‘route march’ to take to task any errant citizen who dared to flout lockdown orders by moving about within the cordoned-off zones.
Similarly, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) too decided to seal-off four areas in the township from Wednesday midnight.
PCMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar said that no one from these areas would be permitted to step outside their homes, except those engaged in essential services.
“The number of deaths and the cases have soared since yesterday. We have started taking some very stern measures like sealing off the eastern part of the city. We are worried that the infection is spreading rapidly in slum clusters and are mulling over imposing similar restriction in other parts of the city,” said Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol.
With Naidu Hospital operating at full capacity, Mr. Mohol said that new cases were being shifted to Bopodi’s Khedekar General Hospital and that if the need arose, a 500-bed facility at the Symbiosis University Hospital at Lavale dedicated to accommodating COVID-19 patients was available at the Pune civic body’s disposal.
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