Jamshedpur, June 9: Vaccination, testing and an increased focus on rural areas are the measures being adopted by the district administration to combat Covid-19. With a sudden increase in the cases after a fall, the health department is at its toes.
The administration has conducted 80,000 tests in the last two months. These tests include RT-PCR, TruNet and Rapid Antigen Test. The district has reported 50595 positive cases so far.
District nodal officer (IDSP) and additional chief medical officer (ACMO) Dr Sahir Pal said that they are focusing on testing to identify infected persons. In the last two months 80,000 tests have been conducted in the district, which is among the highest in the State. The focus is on such areas where positive cases have been found.
Dr Pal said that regular tests are helping to identify the patient. Despite the district administration making all efforts, the people are not adhering to the rules of wearing masks and maintaining social distance. “If the people continue to evade following the norms of maintaining social distance and wearing masks, then the number of Covid cases may increase further,” he said.
Another health official stated that the administration is also focusing on identifying Covid positive persons in villages with teams — which include ASHA workers, or other influential persons being sent door-to-door in every village to conduct a health checkup of residents.
Meanwhile, after witnessing a fall in daily infections for the last couple of weeks, Jamshedpur in the last 24 hours witnessed significant 348 COVID-19 cases. The death toll in Steel City also reached 1042 after five fatalities were reported.
East Singhbhum district administration has conducted 365183 tests per million in the district. As per the records of health department out of 4402 people who underwent Covid tests in East Singhbhum 348 were found positive. Over 4000 COVID-19 tests, including 2184 RT-PCR and 1798 RAT were conducted in the last 24 hours in the city. The recovery rate in Jamshedpur is 97.03% while the mortality rate is 2.04%.
The East Singhbhum district had its first Coronavirus positive case on May 12, 2020 when a 23-year-old girl and a 27-year-old youth from Chakulia were admitted at the Tata Main Hospital. Since May 12, the Coronavirus continued to spread across the East Singhbhum district and in a year has crossed the 50,000 mark.