Pune News Live: As cases continue to rise, Sawai Gandharv Bhimsen Mahotsav cancelled

With 2022 being celebrated as the birth centenary year of Bharat Ratna Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, music lovers from all across the globe were looking forward to the festival, organisers said. “Considering the magnitude of the festival and the time required in making logistical and infrastructure arrangements, it would not be possible to organise Sawai Gandharv Bhimsen Mahotsav in such an uncertain atmosphere,” said Joshi.

Unlike Mumbai, the daily count of coronavirus infections in Pune continues to rise, with 9,645 new cases being detected on Thursday. According to the latest data by the health department of the Pune Zila Parishad, three deaths were also reported from the district, two from Pune Municipal Corporation areas and one from Cantonment. The daily positivity rate of coronavirus infections in Pune city rose to 28.04 per cent on Thursday after 5,571 people tested positive.

Meanwhile, nearly 39 per cent teenagers in the 15-18 age group have been administered the first dose of Covaxin vaccine in Pune district in the last 10 days. Immunisation for this age group started on January 3. Till January 12, a total of 2,12,735 beneficiaries in the age group 15-18 got their first shot of the Covid-19 vaccine in Pune district, according to a state Health department report.

In other news, with only two months left in its five-year term in the civic body, the ruling BJP in Pune Municipal Corporation has started pushing for new projects and inaugurating completed ones. As part of this spree, Mayor Murlidhar Mohol laid the foundation stone for a Rs 350-crore project to lay a sewage network and build two sewage treatment plants for the 11 villages merged in civic limits a few years ago.