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Cinema halls, malls, hotels to be closed till next week in Pune amid rising corona cases



The Pune state authorities in a meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar have decided not to impose complete lockdown in the city. However, the authorities felt that there is a need to impose more restrictions in place to curb the rising number of infections.

On Friday (April 2), the authorities decided to put in place stricter guidelines. All restaurants, bars, eateries will be closed for the next seven days but home delivery will continue. Malls, cinema halls, PMPML bus service, religious places will also remain closed for the next seven days. The weekly markets will also be closed. At Mandai, social distancing will have to be maintained, said Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao.

Except for marriage (50 people) and funerals (20 people), all other programs have been canceled. The curfew will be imposed from 6 pm to 6 am except for medical emergencies and essential services for the next seven days. Also, during day time not more than five people can gather at a place”, Rao added.

Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has appointed 400 paramedics at the COVID Centres. “We have again started an audit of bills of treatment at private hospitals as people are complaining about exorbitant fees being charged, he added.

At the same, the government revealed that all adult persons in Pune will be vaccinated in the next 100 days amid rising Covid-19 cases.


“Uttar Pradesh is prepared for the next wave of Covid-19”: CM Yogi Adityanath



Asserting that his government is prepared for the next wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the monitoring committees have become active amid reports that the third wave will affect the children more.

Adityanath said the monitoring committees have begun dividing the children into four age groups, adding the vaccination of adults has also been intensified. The Chief Minister claimed that Covid-19 was curtailed in the state earlier in September last year.

“Deepotsav was organized in Ayodhya in October last year. We kept on asking the people to maintain a distance of two meters and wear masks. In Uttar Pradesh, only 85 cases were reported one day. But we kept on increasing the testing,” he said during an interaction with Indian Express.

Adityanath had earlier this month flagged off a distribution drive of medicine kits to children below the age of 18 years.

Asserting that a good prevention system is a crucial weapon, the Chief Minister then said that the children below 18 years of age have been divided into four categories — 0-1 years, 1-5 years, 5-12 years, and 12-18 years — adding different medicines have been prepared for each category.

The monitoring committees have been asked to visit villages and carry out door-to-door surveys to identify children and others with Covid symptoms.

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