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Pune schools, colleges to remain shut till March-14 amid Covid spike

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Pune schools, colleges to remain shut till March-14 amid Covid spike

Mumbai: The city administration has decided to extend its night curfew till March 14 as Covid-19 cases keep on rising in the city.  Schools, colleges, coaching classes, and other educational institutions in the city as per mayor’s order will remain shut, too, till then. The city has reported up to 1,000 new corona cases per day since February 24.

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Under new Covid guidelines , no public movement will be allowed in the city between 11 pm and 6 am, except for essential services.

“Over the past many days, Pune city has seen an increase in the number of coronavirus cases. The rules imposed till February 28 in this context have been extended to March 14,” Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said today.

In January, Pune had reopened its educational institutes after months of online classes. The municipal corporation had asked teachers and school staff to undergo the RT-PCR test before rejoining. Establishments in rural Pune were reopened in November itself.

Authorities had to, however, restore curbs following the sudden surge in the Covid-19 cases. The entire state of Maharashtra has, meanwhile, witnessed a jump in the spread of Covid-19. The Vidarbha region – Akola, Amravati, Yavatmal, Buldana, Wardha, and Nagpur districts – especially, has seen the biggest jump.

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Government data released on Sunday shows the total number of cases in Pune at 4,06,453 while recoveries at 3,87,527 where as the active cases in Pune till Saturday were 9,860 while the number of deaths is at 9,235.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra remains the worst affected state in terms of the Corona pandemic in India. It saw 8,623 new cases being reported today along with 51 deaths related to Covid-19.

So far, 52,092 people have lost their lives of the infection since the outbreak reached the state. Overall, it has registered 21,46,777 cases, of which 73,734 remain active now.

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