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Lockdown Ends Partially in Pune: Weekend Shops Allowed To Be Open For Essential Goods

As there is a continuous drop in Corona Virus infection (COVID-19) cases in the town, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has determined to allow essential shops to remain open on all days between 7 am to 11. This order will be executed from May 29, Saturday.

An announcement issued by the chief minister’s office (CMO) stated, “Though the positivity rate of the state is coming down, 10 to15 districts are reporting rapid growth in Covid-19 cases. There is also a rise in cases of mucormycosis. Active cases of the state have dropped to the tally of the highest cases recorded during the first wave. But we still need to be careful. Instead of completely lifting the lockdown, we will have to extend it from June 1 and also provide relaxations in the restrictions wherever necessary. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray directed the state administration to take steps respectively after acknowledging the same in the state cabinet meeting held on Thursday.”

Relaxation In The Restrictions
Essential stores involve grocery stores, vegetable and fruit vendors, mutton, chicken, egg, fish shops, bakeries, and sweet shops.
Today, they are permitted to open from 7 am to 11 am on weekdays exclusively. But now, they will be allowed to open on Saturday and Sunday between 7 am to 11 am.

Shops linked to farming implements and agricultural produce, pet food shops, shops of materials for the impending monsoon season, and Eye stores will also remain open, states an order circulated by PMC Commissioner Vikram Kumar.
Why Is It Tough For The State To Ease Down Limitations?
The Maharashtra government will prolong the coronavirus-enforced lockdown-like curbs in the state after June 1 and relax them later in a phased manner, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Thursday.
On Thursday, Maharashtra registered 21,273 new coronavirus infection (Covid-19) cases, urging the state administration to extend the current lockdown due to the notable surge in infections in over a dozen districts. On Thursday, 2,61,151 tests have been conducted.

There are currently 301,041 active patients in the state, with 43,869 active patients in Pune and 28,683 active patients in Mumbai. The death toll has now reached 92,225 people, with Mumbai leading the way with 14,720 deaths, followed by Pune with 12,112 deaths.

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