Coronavirus: 25 % of IT-related companies allowed to function, nobody should force them to close: Mhaisekar

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Pune, 21/03/2020- Some private individuals and organizations are trying to mess around with IT companies. No one should take the law into their own hands, Pune Divisional Commissioner Dr Deepak Mhaisekar and District Collector Naval Kishore Ram appealed at a press conference today.

They also appealed people to participate in ‘Janta curfew’ on Sunday, March 22, to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed for a voluntary public curfew by the people on Sunday. In Pune, till now 23 persons have been found positive with Coronavirus.

Dr Mhaisekar further said that IT should not affect the economy of the country. Instructions have been given to some companies to operate with a minimum number of employees. The IT services are required for the functioning of banking, telecom etc.

The government and the administration are taking various measures to prevent Corona. Apart from any emergency, everyone should stay in their house and respond to this day, Mhaisekar said.

An updated system is also being set up in rural areas. To ensure adequate blood supply to the blood banks, donors should take the medical check-up and make sure that the place is not crowded. He said that the administration is taking the information of retired medical officers and they are thinking about getting their services available if needed.

Citizens should cooperate with the administration by staying at home and following social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus. Quarantined individuals should not leave the house as per the administration’s orders. Those who do not comply with these instructions will be prosecuted, he added.

District Collector Ram said that banks and LIC will operate with 50 per cent manpower. In addition to the government hospitals, private hospitals will also be asked to assist if needed. Private hospitals have been advised to maintain isolation beds. At present, the administration has adequate ventilators, facilities in the ICU department, adequate storage of medicines. Also, care is being taken that there will be no shortage of funds for the purchase of equipment, and the District Collector has been given the right to spend 5 per cent of the funds in the District Annual Plan.

He also appealed people to inform the administration if any quarantined person is found to be moving around.