Amid surging COVID-19 cases in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), the twin-city has again been declared a 'red zone'. However, there will be no change in the rules. The guidelines under 'Unlock 3' will be followed. Meanwhile, Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar has said that if more COVID-19 positive patients are found, companies and offices will be closed.
Hardikar said, "The number of patients in Pimpri-Chinchwad has started increasing. Hence, the city is included in the red zone. It's not a good thing to have our city in the red zone as it is an industrial hub. In those companies, shops where positive patients are found, contact tracing will be done. Establishments will be closed for some time if large numbers of patients are found there. There won't be much change in the rules."
The Commissioner added, "A large number of patients were found in some companies in the city. Those companies are temporarily shut down. However, in establishments where a patient is found, contact tracing is done. Company premises are being disinfected."
He has appealed the citizens to follow social distancing while going out. "Use a face mask and pay attention to personal hygiene," he added.
Meanwhile, the total COVID-19 positive cases in Pimpri Chinchwad are 26,248 and the death toll has risen to 456 in the twin-city. The active cases are 6,705 while 19,087 patients have recovered, the data on PCMC's official website read on Saturday.