Pune: Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar has said that Pune may see some relaxation in COVID-19 restrictions from Monday.
During a COVID-19 review meeting, a consensus was reached to ease some curbs like increasing the shops’ operation hours till 7 pm, he added. He further said that a final decision will be taken after a ministerial meeting on Monday post consultations with chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.
“In the Covid review meeting, there was [a] consensus to give some relaxations from Monday such as increase [the] timing of shops’ [operation hours] till 7 pm. I will conduct a meeting on Monday in Mantralaya. I will talk to the CM as well. A positive decision will be taken for shops and restrictions on weekends,” said Pawar.
Pawar said there was merit in considering the demand for relaxation like the opening of shops for longer hours as these norms were being violated in any case.
The Pune division reported 2,371 fresh Covid-19 cases and 36 deaths on Friday. Pawar said the test positivity rate within Pune Municipal Corporation limits has dropped to 3.9% this week, but it marginally went up to 5% from 4.9% in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation limits, while the rural positivity rate stood at 7% fell to 5.4%. The positivity rate indicates the prevalence of the coronavirus among the samples tested for the infection.