Jamshedpur, July 21: The COVID-19 situation in the city is turning volatile with death tolls rising every day. On Tuesday alone four deaths were reported. A 10-month baby who was admitted at Tata Main Hospital succumbed to the deadly virus. The baby hailed from Adityapur of neighbouring Seraikela Kharswan district. Another person who died was 45-year-old man from Dhatkidih in Seraikela. The third death in Jamshedpur reported at TMH was of a 65-year-old woman from Kadma who was admitted to the hospital with breathing problems on July 5. She tested positive for the virus on Tuesday morning while she died in the afternoon. 55-year-old man from Sonari succumbed to the virus at TMH on Tuesday evening.
TMH has witnessed 19 deaths so far including 14 from Jamshedpur, 2 from West Singhbhum’s Chaibasa, 1 from Jamadoba in Dhanbad and 1 from Seraikela-Kharsawan’s Adityapur and 1 from Dhatkidih in Seraikiela.
Covid cases are nearing 1000 cases with 922 reported so in the steel city. The deadly virus has claimed about 60 lives across the state, including 16 in the East Singhbhum district.
The East Singhbhum district administration has also started a massive public awareness campaign against Covid-19. The Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee ( JNAC ), the local urban civic body pressed into service awareness campaign vehicles in areas under its jurisdiction. Similarly, the other two civic bodies – Mango Notified Area Committee ( MNAC ) and Jugsalai Municipality rolled out awareness vehicles. Apart from this, announcements with the help of the public address system were made in Bistupur Sakchi and other markets.
An appeal was made to follow the social distancing norms and make use of marks. Elderly persons and children below 10 years were asked not to venture out of their house as they are the most vulnerable group.
Concerned over the spurt in Covid-19 positive cases, East Singhbhum district administration is planning fresh directives for closure of markets in three urban civic body areas – Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee ( JNAC), Mango Notified Area Committee ( MNAC ) and Jugsalai Municipality during weekends. The markets include those in Sakchi, Bistupur, Mango, Sonari, Kadma, Sidhgora, Baridih, Golmuri, Jugsalai, Bhalubasa and Baradwari, which draw maximum crowd
The deputy commissioner Suraj Kumar today personally inspected cleanliness and sanitization drive at the district headquarters. He asked the officials of the three civic bodies to involve the incident commanders in carrying out the sanitization work.
“The step of closing the market is being taken to maintain social distancing and for carrying out sanitization work which will help in preventing the transmission of the disease, ” said an official. Such sanitization work will be conducted on a weekly basis keeping in view the safety of the people.
The administration has also come up with two camp jails on the premises of Motilal Nehru Public School at Sakchi and Kerala Samajam Model School at Gomuri.