As a measure to arrest the spread of Covid-19, a 10-day lockdown will be imposed in Pune, neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad and a few other parts of the district from July 13.
The district reported a record rise of 1,803 Covid-19 cases on Thursday taking the tally to 34,399, while the toll rose to 978. A lockdown with minimal exemptions that are in force in Thane city till July 12 has also been extended till July 19.
Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally rose to 2,30,599 on Thursday with the addition of 6,875 new cases, while 219 deaths – 68 of them in Mumbai – took the toll to 9,667, according to the state health department.
The Maharashtra unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has urged the state government to grant permission to qualified and registered pathologists and microbiologists to conduct antigen tests to detect Covid-19. If the sanction is given, then testing can be immediately carried out and results will be available in 30 minutes.
Over the last two weeks, three new prisons in Maharashtra have reported coronavirus infections among inmates and staff, taking the number of affected prisons to 13 and Covid-19 cases in state prisons to 762, which includes 166 staff members. These numbers include 132 new cases among inmates of Nagpur Central Prison, reported on Thursday.