A three-day complete lockdown has been declared in
The rising cases of coronavirus are leading to many villages in
Kedgaon has one of the largest markets in Daund tehsil where villagers gather every Tuesday for weekly market activities.
Speaking to Mirror, the sarpanch of Kedgaon, Ajit Shelar Patil, said, “We already have around 60 active cases of COVID-19. On Wednesday alone, 20 more people were found positive. We called for an emergency meeting and took the
Gram panchayat officials said the lockdown will be complete, with even grocery shops and vegetable markets being shut. Only medical stores and the milk shops will remain open on these three days.
“Holi falls on Sunday and Monday, following which, the weekly market is on Tuesday. A large gathering of shoppers was expected due to the festivities. We took the decision because the danger of the pandemic is now looming larger,” Patil said.
The officials said the administration had been appealing the villagers for the last couple of weeks to follow all precautionary norms regarding COVID-19, but to no effect. “We have been making regular announcements but people are not serious about the spread of the virus in our village. Even though there has been a spurt in cases, people continue to gather in large numbers without social distancing. Hence, the call for a three-day complete lockdown,” village development officer NB Dolas said.
He said there are not sufficient beds in medical facilities in and around the village to meet the rising number of cases. “If a patient needs medical admission, we have to send them to either Yavat or Pune. With cases increasing there as well, corona-positive patients from Kedgaon may have nowhere to go. Thus, some precautionary measures are necessary to slow down the spread of the infection.”
However, some traders are unhappy with the decision. Sandeep Marne, a grocery trader, said, “We have already faced huge losses in the previous lockdown. We are only now beginning to recover our losses. Such a lockdown may force us to shut shop.”