In view of the spike in Covid-19 cases in Pune, the district administration on Sunday extended the night curfew and shutdown of schools till March 14. The essential services are exempted from the curfew. "Covid-19 restrictions imposed in the Pune city till February 28 have been extended to 14 March," said Murlidhar Mohol, Mayor Pune.

The city has reported up to 1,000 new cases per day since February 24.

No public movement will be allowed in the city between 11 pm and 6 am, except for essential services.

“Over the past many days, Pune city has seen an increase in the number of coronavirus cases. The rules imposed till February 28 in this context have been extended to March 14,” NDTV quoted Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol as saying.

The educational institutions in Pune were reopened in January itself after months of coronavirus-induced restrictions. All teachers and other school staff were asked by city authorities to undergo Covid-19 test before joining schools.

Earlier Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had directed senior officials to take strict action against people or organisations who flout COVID-19 guidelines.

The Chief Minister directed the municipalities in the state to spray disinfectant at public places regularly.

In Pune, the total number of cases are 4,06,453, total recoveries are 3,87,527. The active cases in Pune till Saturday are 9860 while the death toll is at 9235.