Jamshedpur, July 31: A sudden rise in Covid-19 cases has brought the administration on its toes. In the last 24 hours, 105 positive cases have been reported. A total of 771 tests were conducted out of which 105 were tested positive.
Covid cases were on decline in the city but a few fresh positive cases have been reported. Irrespective of the COVID fear people are stepping out to make purchases.
The district administration has asked all authorities to focus on adopting extra preparedness measures in view of the Monsoon season and to ensure that the COVID protocol is in place in all shops and establishments and markets where people are likely to congregate.
“Despite a sudden rise in cases, we have not seen a proportional increase in hospitalisations, which does indicate that we are better placed than we were when the Omicron-led third wave was at its peak. However, for a section of the population elderly and those with serious comorbidities COVID continues to be dangerous. And a chunk of this population is yet to take the precaution dose. People should take booster shots to keep themselves safe,” said an official.
He went on to add that COVID vaccines cannot prevent infections but it can only reduce the severity of infections. A third booster dose or precaution dose might not be essential for everyone. But for the vulnerable category, the precaution dose is essential and will make a difference. The official went on to add that people should be encouraged to take a third dose.
He expressed concerns that there is a perception that if even a third dose cannot prevent infection, why bother taking it. It is also linked to the popular narrative that Omicron is mild and that a re-infection or a breakthrough infection is not dangerous.
The health department has taken initiative to curb the spread of coronavirus. Beneficiaries must take booster doses in the stipulated time period in the district. “Vaccination is the only option for protection against corona infection and it is also available free of cost at many centers across the district. In such a situation, there is an appeal to the people of the district to get immunization done by visiting their nearest center,” said another official. He added that COVID-19 mortality is once again becoming significant and the focus is shifting to the poor uptake of the precaution dose or the third dose.