Mumbai, April 5 -- Pimpri-Chinchwad, the automotive, engineering and IT hub lying between Mumbai and Pune, could well provide the answer to India's battle against covid-19. The twin city of 2 million has braved the pre-covid economic slowdown, the coronavirus outbreak and the consequent shutdown. Now, a second wave of patients are testing positive, with six new cases on 4 April.

The twin city precedes India's tryst with covid-19 by almost a fortnight. This holds lessons for the rest of the country, especially industrial towns with large migrant populations.

"We are keenly watching the trajectory. We have tested more than 2,200 samples for Pune division, including Pimpri-Chinchwad, and are taking the next steps," said Dr Deepak Mhaisekar...