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5 new cases of coronavirus in Pune, number rises to 15 in city

Four are first contacts or family members of the group of 40 people who came back from Dubai earlier this month. The fifth case is a 21-year-old man who has a history of travelling to Thailand.

Updated: Mar 15, 2020 14:49 IST

By Steffy Thevar, Hindustan Times Pune

Pune gears up to contain coronavirus outbreak. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

Five more people tested positive for coronavirus in Pune late on Saturday in the first instance of local transmission and taking the number of Covid-19 cases to 15 in the Maharashtra city so far, officials said.

These five positive cases, including three women and two men, were reported from the Pimpri-Chinchwad area, according to officials.

HIGHLIGHTS

Four of them are first contacts or family members of the group of 40 people who came back from Dubai.
Officials these five cases show that this is an initial stage of local transmission
Thirty-one people have been infected with coronavirus in Maharastra so far and the number across the country was reported to be 93 on Sunday.

Four are first contacts or family members of the group of 40 people who came back from Dubai earlier this month. The fifth case is a 21-year-old man who has a history of travelling to Thailand.

The couple which tested positive on March 9 was the first recorded case of coronavirus in the city. They were part of a group of 40 people.



Naval Kishore Ram, Pune’s district collector, said this was the initial stage of local transmission since the people who had the virus are now transmitting it to those they have come in contact with inside the city.

“The family members of the Dubai returned group is infected so this is the initial stage of local transmission. The person who returned from Thailand was part of a 70 member group and so we are tracking all those people,” Ram said.

“Also, we will now aggressively start working on mission mode. The plan is in place but now a clear structure will be designed as to who is responsible for what purpose,” he added.

The administration will also seek help from the police with increasing cases of quarantined people fleeing from hospitals, he said.

Thirty-one people have been infected with coronavirus in Maharastra so far and the number across the country was reported to be 93 on Sunday.

The state government ordered all schools, colleges, coaching classes and shopping malls to remain close till March 31. Before that, the state had shut down cinema theatres, auditoriums, swimming pools and gymnasiums.

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