Ranchi, Apr 18:�Former Ranchi DDC and ex joint secretary at the health department 75-year-old officer died of Coronavirus at Medanta Hospital on Saturday, April 18. Total COVID-19 death in Jharkhand stands at three. Resident of Madhumati Apartment in Bariatu former DDC after suffering brain hemorrhage was treated at three hospitals in Ranchi after which he was referred to Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon. When he was airlifted the former DDC had not tested Coronavirus positive. On Saturday morning Medanta Hospital rang up Lake View Hospital in Ranchi to inform that the patient they had referred had tested Coronavirus positive after which he died. Medanta Hospital authorities urged the Ranchi Hospital to take precautionary measures. Total Coronavirus death in Ranchi has gone up to three while total positive cases stand at 34 of which 19 are from Ranchi. Earlier in the day one more person linked to the Tablighi Jamaat was reported coronavirus positive in Ranchi on Saturday, taking the total number of cases to 33 in the state.
The 33rd patient belongs to the Tabligi Jamaat and is a Caribbean resident. He was part of the group of 25 people including 19 foreigners hiding in a mosque in Hindpiri locality of Ranchi. They were quarantined on March 30. His sample was taken on April 16, the result of which came on Saturday.
He is the 18th case from Hindpiri locality. The man from Hindpiri locality, a ”COVID-19 hotspot” in Ranchi city, was quarantined and is now undergoing treatment at a hospital here, the official said. Of the 93 samples tested on Saturday, report of one came in as positive, Director of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Dr D K Singh said.
Three people, all from Hindpiri locality, have tested positive for the virus on Friday, the official said, adding the number of positive cases in Ranchi now stands at 19 — all of which are from Hindpiri area.
Bokaro district reported nine cases and Hazaribagh two, while one case each has been from Dhanbad, Simdega, Koderma, and Giridih districts. Three persons in the state, two from Ranchi and one Bokaro, have died of the disease.
The first case of coronavirus was also reported from a team of 19 foreigners. One Malaysian woman hiding along with other foreigners tested positive on March 30. From the Malaysian woman the coronavirus spread in Hindpiri which has emerged as a hub of infection in Ranchi and Jharkhand.
There are around eight thousand families living in Hindpiri locality. The residents here do not easily agree to a coronavirus test.
A woman who tested positive and was living in Hindpiri locality delivered a baby at Sadar hospital in Ranchi two days ago. The Sadar hospital superintendent had eaten a meal served by the staff who had also served a meal to the coronavirus positive woman in the hospital.
The hospital superintendent had also come in contact with Jharkhand Chief minister Hemant Soren and officials of the Ranchi district administration on Friday during an official programme.
Jharkhand’s 34 cases put it at number 22 in terms of number of cases among all states and union territories in India. Within the country, Maharashtra continues to have the most cases with 3323, according to data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.