COVID-19: Pune reports over 4000 new cases in 24 hours
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COVID-19: Pune reports over 4000 new cases in 24 hours

By Akshay Badwe

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Pune: Pune, the district in Maharashtra, which is recently declared as India’s ‘coronavirus capital’, continues to witness a huge number in terms of new coronavirus cases. Pune (Pune Metropolitan Region) district on Saturday reported over 4,000 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus.

The district witnessed 4,664 new COVID-19 cases with 44 fatalities reported on Saturday, according to the data released by the state health department. With this, the total count of Pune now has jumped to 1,94,559 of which 1,32,411 have recovered while 4,377 were declared dead. In what is more troublesome for the administration of Pune is that the city has the maximum number of active cases in the country. There are 57,771 active cases in Pune.

Of the total cases on Saturday, Pune city (Pune Municipal Corporation) recorded 2,366 new COVID-19 cases. PMC reported 2,366 fresh positives taking the tally of infected to 1,10,565 and 32 deaths in the last 24 hours. The death toll here now stands at 2,724.

The industrial hub Pimpri Chinchwad (Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation PCMC) also saw 953 new cases taking the tally of contagion to 52,830 with seven deaths in one day since Friday evening. The death toll in PCMC now is 840. On the other side, Pune rural also witnessed 1,345 new positives taking the tally of COVID-19 cases to 31,164 and five deaths one day. The total fatalities in rural now stands at 813.

Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar on Saturday instructed district officials to accelerate testing, tracing and treatment of coronavirus patients in the city and district to curtail the further spread of the contagion. He held a review meeting with administrative officials in the presence of Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Health Minister Rajesh Tope, Labour Minister Dilip Walse Patil, Minister of State for Public Works Dattatraya Bharne and senior central officials Dr Sujit Kumar Singh and Joint Director Sanket Kulkarni.

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