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Pune imposes night curfew, shuts schools, colleges after surge in covid cases

The coronavirus seems to be tightening its grip on Pune as the city extended its night curfew till March 14th while educational institutions were instructed to be closed in view of the increasing cases and new containment zones.  

As such, all schools, colleges, coaching centres and other facilities in Pune will be shut down following the same schedule as the night curfew. The mayor of the city passed the order following the surge as almost 1,000 new infections are getting reported every single day since February 24th 

On the night curfew front, public movement has been restricted during time slots of 11 pm till 6 am, though essential services are allowed within these frames.  

Today, the Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said while declaring the curfews, “Over the past many days, Pune city has seen an increase in the number of coronavirus cases. The rules imposed till February 28 in this context have been extended to March 14.” 

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Schools and other educational institutions had reopened in the city starting January this year to begin physical classroom teaching post almost a year of continuous digital classes only.  

For the same, teachers and school staff were directed by the municipal corporation to get themselves tested for covid-19 through RT-PCR tests prior to commencing the classes. On the other hand, firms and other services in the rural part of Pune had started in November. However, the curfews had to be imposed again due to the increase in cases.  

Maharashtra is witnessing the highest number of cases in the country with spike in covid-19 cases. Areas within the Vidarbha region, namely the Yavatmal, Wardha, Akola, Nagpur, Amravati and Buldana districts have reported the most cases.  

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According to the details furnished today by the government, Pune stood with 4,06,453 total cases and 3,87,527 people have recovered from the illness so far out of this. The active infections up till Saturday were recorded to be 9,860 and fatalities were 9,235.  

The state, today, registered 8,623 new cases while 51 people died due to the disease. Maharashtra has seen a total of 52,092 deaths caused by covid-19 since the pandemic hit the region. In total, 21,46,777 cases were reported in the state and from this, 73,734 are active infections.  

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