Shops closed, police employees assess vehicles in Pune during lockdown. (ANI photograph )
PUNE: The continuing rigorous lockdown at Pune aren’t extended past July 23, however there’ll be some limitations in place in town to suppress the spread of coronavirus, a district official said on Monday. Addressing a media conference, district collector Naval Kishore Ram said the lockdown limitations, which can be set in town until July 23, won’t be extended.
Authorities enforced a strict lockdown in July 14 before July 23 following the western Maharashtra town seen a spike in Covid-19 cases.
Meanwhile, the Federation of Trade Associations of Pune (FTAP), cautioned of protest when the lockdown is extended beyond July 23.
“There’s unanimous decision to not stretch the lockdown following July 23. Nonetheless, in the coming days, we’ll be implementing some steps to reduce crowding in town.
“We’re assessing if some kind of steps could be performed on weekends to prevent crowding on the streets. We areseeing how do we restrain crowding during weddings and other ceremonies,” said Ram.
He included throughout the lockdown, the government almost doubled testings in Pune district, resulting in a spike in coronavirus instances.
Meanwhile, the Fatechand Ranka, the president of FTAP, said that his federation has filed a letter to the district government, warning of a”strong protest” when the lockdown is extended following July 23.
He explained FTAP has sought permission to permit stores to stay open between 10 am and 8 pm Monday to Friday and also their closing on Saturdays and Sundays to prevent crowding.
Pune district has enrolled over 50,000 instances of coronavirus and more than 1,300 deaths up to now.