Pune lockdown news updates: Pune, one of the worst affected cities in Maharashtra by Covid-19, has decided to impose night curfew from 6 pm to 6 am starting tomorrow (Saturday, April 3). Hotels, restaurants, bars, shopping malls, markets and religious places will also remain closed for at least one week. The decision to impose these curbs was taken during a review meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday.
The administration has allowed only home delivery of food, medicines and other essential items. No public function, except funerals and weddings, will be allowed. Maximum 20 people will be allowed for funerals and 50 in weddings.
Pune divisional commissioner Saurabh Rao said buses of the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML), city's public transport system, will remain off roads for the next seven days. Schools and colleges will also remain closed till April 30, he added.
The Pune district reported as many as 8,011 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, which pushed its cumulative count to 5,42,422, a health official said.
This is for the second consecutive day the district has recorded more than 8,000 cases.
On Wednesday, the district had reported 8,605 new infection cases, its biggest single-day spike ever since the pandemic began last year.
Pimpri Chinchwad, Pune city's neighbouring industrial township, reported 2,113 new cases, which pushed its overall count to 1,42,251.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray is scheduled to address the state at 8.30 pm. A decision regarding strict restrictions or even lockdown may be announced by him.