Decision On More Restrictions In Pune District Due To COVID Cases To Be Taken Next Week : Ajit Pawar

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Pune, 15th January 2022: Considering the increasing number of covid infections in the Pune district, the Maharashtra state government’s rules regarding covid should be implemented and emphasis should be laid on speeding up vaccination, said Deputy Chief Minister and District Guardian Minister Ajit Pawar.

He said a decision on changing the restrictions (weekend lockdown etc) would be taken next week in view of the Covid infection situation.

He was speaking at the Pune District Covid Management Meeting held today at Vidhan Bhavan. Home Minister Dilip Walse Patil, Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Council Dr Neelam Gorhe, Minister of State Dattatraya Bharne, MP Girish Bapat, ZP President Nirmala Pansare, Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol, Pimpri Chinchwad Mayor Usha Dhore, Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao, District Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh were also present.

Pawar said that as the number of Covid positive patients is increasing rapidly, the restrictions in the district will remain as per the rules of the state government. Vaccination of children in the age group of 15 to 18 years has improved in rural areas. Pharmacists should be instructed to take details of the persons who buy covid test kits from the medical stores. He directed that all facilities at the Jumbo Covid Center should be kept ready.

Pawar also said that special attention should be given to senior citizens with symptomatic ailments.

Home Minister Walse-Patil instructed to provide necessary facilities at Jumbo Covid Center at Avsari. He also said that health facilities should be set up for the people in rural areas.

Divisional Commissioner Rao informed about the situation of Covid in the district through a presentation. The district has so far completed 1.6 crore vaccinations. The first dose of the vaccine has been given to 43% of children between the ages of 15 and 18. Compared to the previous week, the number of Covid victims has increased by 30,000 this week. 4,387 persons above 60 years of age have taken the booster dose of the vaccine.

Action against those who do not use masks

Punitive action has been taken against those who do not use masks to prevent covid spread. A total of Rs 45.36 lakh fine has been recovered from 9.2 lakh people. Citizens are also being sensitized about the use of masks by the police department. Municipal Corporation and Municipal Council are also carrying out public awareness activities along with punitive action, it was informed in the meeting.

“Strict action should be taken against those who do not follow the rules”, said Deputy Chief Minister Pawar.

The meeting was also attended by MLA Dilip Mohite Patil, Ashok Pawar, Bhimrao Tapkir, Rahul Kul, Sunil Kamble, Pune Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil, YASHADA Director General S. Chokkalingam, Joint Commissioner of Police Dr Ravindra Shiswe, Special Inspector General of Police (Kolhapur range) Manoj Lohia, Superintendent of Police Abhinav Deshmukh.

Shantilal Mutha of Bharatiya Jan Sangathan Sanstha informed about the ‘Covidmukta Gaon Abhiyan’ (Covid free village campaign) being implemented in the rural areas of the district. The Deputy Chief Minister instructed the administration to implement this campaign in every village.

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