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Coronavirus: Panvel APMC market closed

The Panvel Municipal Corporation has decided to shut down the vegetable market in APMC and the meat and fish market at Panvel Koliwada.

Coronavirus: Panvel APMC market closed
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With Panvel reporting its highest day surge in the cases of coronavirus, the Panvel Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to shut down the vegetable market in APMC and the meat and fish market at Panvel Koliwada completely until further notice. The PMC had earlier sealed around 60 retail shops for flouting social distancing norms and warned of stricter action.

There has been a sharp increase in the number of positive cases of coronavirus in the PMC region. Under the jurisdiction of PMC, about 80 to 90 positive cases are coming to light almost every single day. Therefore, according to the order issued on June 29, all shops in Panvel APMC and Koliwada has to remain closed till further notice. As per a PMC official, in most of the positive cases, the preliminary findings can be traced to APMC and Koliwada shops. The relaxation in the lockdown rules further had several people visiting these crowded areas where they failed to maintain social distancing norms. This has led to an increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases.

Panvel, nestled in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, has a population of close to 10 lakh people who get their supplies of everyday groceries from the APMC market. The retailers in the area buy the essentials from the Panvel APMC. Therefore, the decision to shut down the APMC was taken in order to follow a complete shutdown pertaining to vegetable and meat shops.

Panvel tehsil, which includes the rural areas, has reported 55 new cases of COVID-19, taking the total to 898. Eleven people were discharged, taking the total recoveries to 534, and one death which took the toll to 20. The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation, on the other hand, reported 227 new cases of coronavirus, which took the total tally to 6,427. Two more people succumbed to the disease which took the death toll to 207 while 102 people were discharged, taking the recoveries to 3,632.

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