Pune, 5th February 2022: As per the Covid guidelines of the government, various sports competitions should be allowed in the presence of 25% spectators and due to the reduction in Covid infection, classes from 1st to 8th should be started full time from Monday, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar directed today.
He was speaking at the Pune District Covid Management Review Meeting held at the Divisional Commissioner’s Office. Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Council Dr Neelam Gorhe, Minister of State Dattatraya Bharane, Pimpri Chinchwad Mayor Usha Dhore, Zilla Parishad President Nirmala Pansare, Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao, Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh were present.
Pawar said that although the number of new patients has come down, vigilance is needed for some more time. “Increase the number of people taking the second dose of vaccine in Pune Rural and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) area. If the critically ill patients going for treatment in a private hospital are tested positive, there should be an arrangement for immediate treatment”, he added.
Due to the non-availability of Covaxin vaccine for vaccination in the age group of 15 to 18 years, the pace of vaccination has slowed down. The supply of Covaxin vaccine will be followed up with the central government, which will help increase the number of vaccinations, he said.
Dr Gorhe said that as it is difficult for senior citizens to go to the vaccination centres in rural areas, therefore facilities should be made available through the camp.
In the meeting, Rao informed about the Covid situation in the district through a presentation. The weekly positivity rate in the district was 26.60 percent and 45 thousand 788 new patients have been found in the last seven days. This is 44.75 per cent less than the previous week. The number of active patients has dropped by 37% in the last week. A total of 1 crore 62 lakh 67 thousand vaccinations have been done in the district. He informed that 32% of the citizens above 60 years of age have taken the vaccine.
The meeting was attended by MLAs Ashok Pawar, Dilip Mohite, Sunil Tingre, Chetan Tupe, Pune Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar, PCMC Commissioner Rajesh Patil, Yashada’s Director General S. Chokkalingam, Pune Police Commissioner Amitabh Gupta, Pimpri Chinchwad Police Commissioner Krishna Prakash, Special Inspector General of Police (Kolhapur range) Manoj Lohia, ZP Chief Executive Officer Ayush Prasad, District Superintendent of Police Dr Abhinav Deshmukh.