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11 foreigners test Covid positive in Jamshedpur, Hotel Centre Point sealed

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Jamshedpur: The district surveillance team sealed the Fortune Hotel Centre Point at Bistupur on Thursday evening after 11 foreign nationals tested positive of Covid-19. Among the 46 foreign employees of Mill Track International, some employees came from Philippines, Ghana, South Africa, New Zealand, Zambia and Ghana to work in Tata Steel’s Pellet Plant there from December 5 to December 8, Samples were taken for Covid-19 at Tata Main Hospital out of which 11 people have been found to be Covid positive. In this sequence, 29 employees of Centre Point Hotel were investigated today in which one employee was found to be Covid positive, the hotel has been completely sealed.

District Civil Surgeon Dr. RN Jha, District Additional Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sahir Pal, District Tuberculosis Officer Dr. A. K. Lal, Dr. Assad, Public Health Manager Suman Kumar Mandal and Karthik Mahato and Barun Pal were present during the sealing.

The district administration has sealed the hotel in a hurry. All have been quarantined in the hotel itself.

Meanwhile, amid ongoing concerns over the fresh strain of Covid detected in foreign countries, the district health department has formed teams to keep a vigil on foreign returnees. Recently six residents of the east Singhbhum district, who returned from the United Kingdom recently, tested negative.

 The office of the integrated disease surveillance programme (IDSP) of the East Singhbhum district had conducted rapid antigen test and Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test on the England returnees’ swab at Tata Main Hospital.

District civil surgeon RN Jha said zone-wise teams have been formed to trace the returnees based on their phone numbers and addresses. He said that the teams will keep a vigil on their quarantine period.

“We are keeping a record on those returning. Some people had used their international contact numbers for ticket booking which is a hurdle in tracing them. We are verifying the list of returnees,” said another official.

He informed that surveillance teams have been made to track the returnees, visit them at their homes, check their current health status and screen them for Covid.  “ As per norms all returnees will be tested for the virus using the RT-PCR method. We will come to know if any of them have been affected by a new variant of the virus,” he added

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