Mumbai, April 23 -- Amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Pune has acquired two unflattering distinctions: Maharashtra's first case was detected here on 9 March and Pune became the first entire city to be made a containment zone on 19 April. The city remains sealed till 27 April.

A curfew followed the sealing, shutting all movement of citizens and vehicles. Punekars number 3.1 million, according to Census 2011, but the city is estimated to have nearly twice as many people now given its exponential growth in the past decade. The neighbouring twin cities of Pimpri-Chinchwad too were sealed.

Only shops selling essential items are open for two hours, newspaper delivery has been stopped, and all civilians need a pass to move outside the two-h...