The number of new Coronavirus cases in the city saw a sudden increase after the festival of Diwali and it was being expected that more severe restrictions might be imposed to bring the situation in control but the city corporation has continued with the ongoing restrictions.
The Municipal Corporation of Pune has extended the lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic in the Pune city till the end of the year. However, the Corporation refrained from giving any relaxations on various restrictions that are in place in the city, the Indian Express reported. The number of new Coronavirus cases in the city saw a sudden increase after the festival of Diwali and it was being expected that more severe restrictions might be imposed to bring the situation in control but the city corporation has continued with the ongoing restrictions.
Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar was quoted as saying that the state government containment rules will help in containing the spread of the infection in the city. The Corporation has also been trying to unlock various activities in the city in accordance with a detailed Standard Operating Procedure. The Corporation had also allowed the re-opening of the schools for students studying between class 9th to 12th in the month of November. However, due to the poor response from the side of students and their guardians and the increase in the number of new cases, the Corporation postponed the re-opening of school till December 13.
Taking a cautious approach, the administration is allowing the resumption of only limited activities. The Corporation allowed the functioning of the malls and restaurants with the maximum of 50 per cent capacity. A separate squad to oversee the implementation of the social distancing rules and the Standard Operating Procedure was also formed which was also empowered to take action against those establishments violating the norms. Swimming pools have also cautiously been opened in the city only for the sportspersons.
The daily number of Coronavirus cases has fallen consistently in the city from the record number of 17,781 registered on September 20 to 4176 new cases recorded on November 17. The PMC has also warned the residents that a second wave of Coronavirus might arrive in the city in the winters.