Pune: Pune city in Maharashtra, which has reported a rapid spread of coronavirus infection, was on Monday notified as a containment zone till May 3 by the city municipal corporation.
In view of the order issued by Pune municipal commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad to this effect, police also extended the restrictions already imposed on residents. "We have already imposed a curfew in Pune city to check the spread of the coronavirus," said Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Shisve.
With the detection of 84 fresh COVID-19 cases in Pune, the tally in the district increased to 1,348 on Monday, while the death toll rose to 80, an official said.
Pune authorities attributed the mounting numbers to increased testing capacity, with health officials now testing over thousand samples a day.
Maharashtra on Monday, meanwhile, reported 522 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of the infected people to 8,590, a Health department official said. With 27 more fatalities, the overall COVID-19 death toll mounted to 369, he said.
Of the 522 new cases in Maharashtra, Mumbai alone accounted for 395 cases and 15 fatalities, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a release.
The total number of coronavirus positive people in the country's financial capital now stands at 5,589 and the overall death toll at 219, it said.
However, a state government official has put the total number of cases in the BMC limits at 5,776. The Thane division, which comprises the BMC as well, has so far reported 6,735 cases and 238 deaths.
"Of the 15 deaths, 8 were men and rest women. While three of the deceased were below 40 years of age, four others were above 60 years of age. Eight other deceased aged between 40 and 60 years," the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) stated in a release.