Jamshedpur, Feb 26: The district health department has started taking samples for RT- PCR test of those found loitering without masks. Over 100 samples have been taken during the drive past two days at Jugsalai. The health department started this practice in a novel bid to encourage people to wear masks while venturing out.
SDO Nitish Kumar Singh said the drive has been started with a sudden rise in cases. “We want people to follow the protocols. Only the practice of wearing masks and following social distancing norms can prevent us from contracting the infection. Those who do not wear masks shall be subjected to COVID-19 tests.”
“People have started taking Covid lightly with cases coming down but recent spurt has brought us on toes and we do not want to take any risk. Some might think they can keep the viral infection at bay even without a mask, but that is wrong. They should be made aware of the guidelines during the pandemic,” said an official. He said that those found without masks are taken into task. Hotels, shopping centres and market places are under scanner. “We have to be vigilant and make meticulous plans to prevent a second wave of the disease. Action is being taken against those guilty of moving around in public places without masks,” said Singh.
Meanwhile, a team from district administration is visiting different shops and shopping centres to act against those violating social distancing guidelines. During the inspection, the team checked the commuters on the streets and instructions were issued on spot directing bike riders to follow social distancing norms.
“The drive has been relaunched. Several violators are being nabbed. Notices have not been issued against several shopkeepers who were not wearing masks nor having sanitizers at their premises. It has been advocated that wearing masks and use of hand sanitizers are compulsory for all people who visit for shopping,” said an official.
In view of the recent rise in Covid-19 cases, the administration has started corona tests of passengers arriving at Tatanagar railway station. The District Health Department has formed three separate teams for conducting tests and maintaining a track record of those arriving at the station. The investigation campaign is headed by Additional Chief Medical Officer (ACMO) Dr. Sahir Pal.