Coronavirus: Army may be deployed in Pune to ‘discipline’ people

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Pune, March 27, 2020: As people are not staying at home and not following social distancing to fight Coronavirus, the situation may worsen. There is complete lockdown in the state and people are not allowed to move out unnecessarily.

Hence, the Maharashtra State government has requested the Indian Army to be deployed in the state especially in Pune as aid to civil authority, reported Marathi news channel Saam TV.

Earlier on  March 26 (Thursday), Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar appealed to the people and the state police to show restrain during the 21-day nationwide lockdown. He said if clashes between common people and the police don’t stop, the government may be forced to call in the Army.

The number of Coronavirus positive patients has increased to 32 ( which 20 in PMC limits and 12 in PCMC areas). Today three patients from Pimpri-Chinchwad areas tested negative in their repeat samples. All of them will be discharged following due process today, officials said.

They were admitted in hospital for 14 days for treatment. After discharge, they will remain house quarantined for two more weeks.

Earlier five patients including a couple were discharged from Naidu Hospital after they tested negative after 14 days of treatment. The couple had become the first in Maharashtra for being tested Coronavirus positive.

The couple from Dhayari, their daughter, the cab driver who had ferried them from Mumbai to Pune and a man who had travelled to Dubai with them, were five discharged persons.

The current count of COVID19 patients in the state of Maharashtra is 129.