Grappling with rising swine flu cases, Maharashtra
Government on Monday ordered closure of schools and colleges for a
week in worst-affected Pune, where three persons have died, while
theatres and multiplexes will remain shut for three days.
schools, colleges and private coaching classes in Pune and
neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad would remain closed for seven days,"
District Guardian minister Ajit Pawar told reporters here. "We will
compensate for it by reducing Diwali holidays by a week," he said.
Schools and colleges should use this period to get their premises
disinfected and sterilised, Pawar said.
minister said theatres and multiplexes in the city will also remain
shut for three days. 14-year-old Pune schoolgirl Reeda Shaikh who
died on August three in Pune was the first swine flu fatality in the
country. Sanjay Tukaram Kokre, a 42-year-old teacher, succumbed to
the virus on Saturday while Babasahib Mane, an ayurvedic doctor,
died in Sassoon Hospital this morning.
the three H1N1 deaths in Pune, Pawar said, "Had the patients been
given immediate treatment, they could have been saved. They were
admitted to the government hospitals very late, after first going to
Three swine flu patients in Pune's Sassoon hospital are in critical
condition, he said. So far, 778 persons have been admitted to
various hospitals in Pune, of which 135 who tested positive for H1N1
virus have been discharged after treatment, he added.