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Fighting Covid-19: Mandatory tests at picnic spots in Jamshedpur

Jamshedpur, Dec 25: In view of the New Year and the threat of a fresh wave of Covid-19, the administration has decided to conduct Covid-19 tests at picnic spots. The drive will start from Sunday tomorrow.

As per the information, picnickers will have to undergo Covid tests – RAT and RT- PCR – at Dimna Lake, Jubilee Park and other picnic spots, which are major attractions during this season.

“ As per the fresh orders from the Health Department we have been asked to conduct tests. Moreover, picnickers have been asked must adhere to Covid norms like wearing masks and social distancing,” said a health department official.

He further said that Covid test is made mandatory in picnic spots due to the possible threat of a third wave caused by Omicron, a new mutant of the novel coronavirus.

Revealing about the steps, the official said that the regular test of samples had dropped considerably during the Puja and festivity till Chhat. However, with the beginning of New Year it is being increased. Tests are being conducted at picnic spots.

 Presently, about 1,000 people tend to visit the Dimna lake area every day, but on December 31 and on New Year, thousands of picnickers are expected to visit the place, giving the police administration a tough time.

 A senior police officer said that they have started a large-scale Covid test at the lake area as a strategy to frustrate the gathering picnickers there. Apart from the Dimna lake area, special security arrangements have been made at Narwa lake in Jadugora and at Burudih Dam in Ghatshila.

 The district police have also pressed into service the cops on the motorcycle for patrolling the picturesque Dimna lake area this picnic season. The initiative is aimed at providing better security to the tourists as well as the picnickers who throng to this tourist destination in large numbers around this time.

“While making a survey we found none of the picnickers had put on masks and neither of them was found maintaining the social distance.  We, therefore, called in the district health department officials for carrying out a RAT test for Covid of the picnickers,” said the official.

 According to a senior police officer, the special security arrangement by the district police will remain effective till January 26, the period during which the people, especially the picnickers tend to visit Dimna.

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