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With 16 cases, Pune has highest number of coronavirus patients

Schools, colleges, public parks, cinema theatres, and gymnasiums in Pune are shut and shopping malls to remain closed till March 31.

Updated: Mar 16, 2020 01:12 IST

By Steffy Thevar, Hindustan Times Pune

Team of medical staff stand outside the ambulance at Pune International airport to take suspected passengers to the hospital of Dubai bound Spicejet SG52 flight who are exposed to Coronavirus in Pune on Saturday, March 14, 2020. (Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

On Sunday, a resident of Pimpri-Chinchwad tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19) taking the total number of cases in Pune district, including areas under the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC), to 16, district collector Naval Kishore Ram said. With this the district has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the state.

The patient, according to the civic administration, returned from Japan and underwent tests on Saturday.

The National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, on Sunday confirmed that he tested positive. The 37-year-old male is reported to be stable, Ram said.

Of the five persons, who tested positive in Pimpri-Chinchwad late on Saturday, four came in contact with a member of a group of 40 people, who had returned from Dubai on March 1.



Pune’s “zero patients”, a couple, were part of that group. The fifth positive case reported in PCMC on Saturday is that of a 21-year-old man who has a recent travel history, including Thailand. The driver of the taxi that brought the Dubai-returned couple from Mumbai to Pune is the only other case that was reported last week.

“Family members of the Dubai-returned group are infected. The person who returned from Thailand was part of a 93-member group. We are tracking all those people who he may have come in contact with,” Ram said.

Schools, colleges, public parks, cinema theatres, and gymnasiums in Pune are shut and shopping malls to remain closed till March 31.

Ram said that only those stores selling medicines, food or vegetables inside the shopping malls will be allowed to remain open.

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