Sky News Punjab
March 4th, 2021
The Pune district’s night curfew has been changed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. After a Covid-19 review meeting chaired by Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, the decision was made. Furthermore, restaurants, pubs, malls, and religious institutions will be closed for seven days. Restaurants will, however, be allowed to provide food parcel and delivery services until 10 pm, Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao said.
The order will go into effect on Saturday, April 3rd, and will be reviewed the following Friday. There is a state-wide night-curfew in effect from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m., as well as other strict steps.
Rao added that no social, cultural or political event will be allowed to take place for the next seven days, except marriages and last rites. “For last rites, a maximum of 20 persons will be allowed and for marriages the limit will be 50,” Rao said.
He added that the administration had started an aggressive vaccination campaign, and it will continue to increase the daily vaccinations until, in a few days, it clocks 1 lakh daily vaccinations.
On Wednesday, the city recorded the highest-ever new Covid-19 infections — 8,593. At the last Covid-19 review meeting held on March 26, Pawar had warned that if the situation did not improve, the government would be forced to impose a “strict lockdown”.
He said the administration has activated the ‘Jumbo COVID Hospitals’, but the increased flow of patients from neighbouring districts may soon cause a shortage of beds.
Deputy CM Pawar said though he was against imposing a lockdown, the situation was getting very serious and in a few days finding a hospital bed would become close to impossible.