Administrative units with TPR of 5 and oxygen-bed occupancy between 25 and 40 per cent fall under Level-2. Those with TPR between 5 and 10 and oxygen bed occupancy greater than 40 per cent fall under Level-3.
Covid-19 restrictions in Pune city and Pune rural may see relaxations from Monday given both the areas have seen a declining curve in test positivity rate (TPR).
On Wednesday, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) recorded a TPR of 4.6 as only 311 out of 6,758 samples tested positive in 24 hours. With TPR coming down to less than 5 from 6.5 on June 6, Pune city may come down to Level-2 of restrictions.
The TPR in Pune rural (gram panchayat and municipal councils) is 9.2 with 692 out of 7,485 samples testing positive, also showing a significant dip from the June 6 value of 13.4. Pune rural, earlier in Level-4, may now be placed in Level-3.
However, Pimpri-Chinchwad may remain in Level-3 as its TPR has come down only slightly to 6.3 from 7 earlier.
As per the Maharashtra government’s five-level unlock plan unveiled last week, each administrative unit is placed in five tiers of restrictions based on TPR and oxygen-bed occupancy.
Level-1 (TPR of five and oxygen-bed occupancy of less than 25 per cent) will have the least restrictions while Level-5 (TPR more than 20 and oxygen-bed occupancy greater than 75 per cent) will have the most.
Administrative units with TPR of 5 and oxygen-bed occupancy between 25 and 40 per cent fall under Level-2. Those with TPR between 5 and 10 and oxygen bed occupancy greater than 40 per cent fall under Level-3. Areas with TPR between 10 and 20 and oxygen-bed occupancy greater than 60 per cent come under Level-4.
Every Thursday, the Public Health department declares the number of oxygen beds occupied at the state level as well as test positivity rate and oxygen-bed occupation in each district. Thereafter, the district disaster management authority decides which level of restrictions should be imposed in each administrative unit.
If there is any change to the level of restrictions, it will come into effect from the following Monday. However, the decision on whether or not to open an area lies with the local administration, which may consider other factors too.
A senior officer in the administration said the administrative units may remain cautious and not ease any more restrictions. Also, the final deliberations on this issue may take place at the Covid-19 review meeting under Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar scheduled for Friday, he said.
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