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Corona blast in Jamshedpur Tibet Market, 90 percent traders test positive

Jamshedpur, Jan 13: The most popular winter shopping destination of the city, Tibet Market, which was brimming with enthusiasm offering the latest trendy winter wear, was sealed and declared a containment zone on Thursday.

About 90 percent of the traders have tested Covid-19. The traders had undergone RT-PCR tests on January 7 and after most of them tested positive, the district surveillance team led by Pulak Mandal sealed the market.    

There are a total 90 families with 300 individuals who have come to set up their business this year. The group of Tibetans, from about 40 years, has been coming to the city with their stock of woollen garments and jackets and a host of other products. This time too, the 60-odd stalls were lined up in the Golmuri ground with trendy and designer woollen clothes in radiant colours.

The Tibet Market started setting up a fair from 1980 started its business from Sakchi where they used to set up the fair behind the Jama Masjid. However, due to development, construction and lack of space, the fair was transferred to the Golmuri Circus ground for the past 13 years. However, after most of the traders tested positive the market was closed.

“ We have been receiving complaints of violation of Covid norms at the market. We decided to conduct tests of the traders and to our surprise 90 percent of them have tested positive. All of them have been asked to quarantine and only if they furnish their negative reports will we not allow them to reopen the market,” said an official. He said that the visitors have also been asked to get themselves tested to keep themselves safe.

An official of Tibet Market Association said: “Every year we look forward to the city to spread our business and also help them understand our culture and heritage. This year too we had set up shops. We were following all the Covid norms like wearing masks and maintaining distance but after six days of tests we have been asked to close our shops.”

Pullovers, cardigans, sweat shirts, jackets, ladies kurti and even blankets, are available under one roof.

Members of the Tibet market have come from Bangalore, parts of South India, Himachal Pradesh, Uttranchal and Odisha.

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