In fact, five districts, including Pune, currently hold almost 70% of all the active cases
in Maharashtra, which as on December 15 had 71,356 patients undergoing treatment.
The state overall has been seeing dips in the number of new infections. But experts urged citizens and authorities to keep up precautions and surveillance.
The state task force in particular has warned that cases could rise by the end of December or early January. Members of the task force said citizens should continue to wear masks and maintain physical distancing.
“Pune district continues to have the highest number of active cases. It’s followed by Mumbai and Thane. Testing for the virus has increased, but this number (active cases) has to drop,” said Sanjay Deshmukh, deputy director of health services for Pune division.
Deshmukh said authorities will have to stick to the three Ts — tracing, tracking and testing — to reduce the number of cases.
Overall, the number of daily infections may have reduced. But we cannot let our guard down now,” he said.