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Jamshedpur remains Covid hotspot in Jharkhand

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Jamshedpur, June 10: Despite relaxation announced in Unlock- 2 by the State Government, East Singhbhum district remains under restrictions. The district remains a hotbed of coronavirus with total cases crossing 51,000 mark and death toll to 1,043. The district has been worst affected in the State in both the first and second wave of the pandemic.

In the beginning of the pandemic last year, Jamshedpur was under a green zone but as migrant labourers started returning with the rise in cases it came under orange zone. A health official stated that the decision to bring back migrant workers from various parts of the country was premature. Most of the cases reported in Kolhan Division were that of migrant labourers.  The first positive case of Covid-19 was also reported from West Singhbhum at Chaibasa. The youth was of 22 year old and had returned from Chennai on May 12, 2020.

Several other persons tested positive had travel history from Maharashtra, Delhi, Gurugram and Chennai. The city witnessed its first COVID death when a 71-year-old man who was a resident of Sonari died at the Tata Main Hospital on July 4.  

Meanwhile, District nodal officer (IDSP) and additional chief medical officer (ACMO) Dr Sahir Pal opined that the district has been able to conduct maximum number of tests. In the last two months alone 80,000 tests have been conducted. This is also one of the prime reasons for maximum cases of Covid being reported here.

“ We have been able to detect more tests. On average we are conducting 2000 RT-PCR tests per day, which is amongst the highest in the State. This is also one of the reasons for maximum cases,” said Dr Pal. East Singhbhum district administration has conducted 366542 tests per million in the district.     

City-based physician Dr U K Srivastava said that crowded marketplaces and densely populated residential areas like Kadma, Sonari, Mango and Sakchi have emerged as COVID-19 hotspots in the city.

“We have observed that thickly populated business and residential streets are susceptible to the quick spread of the virus. Moreover, people of Jamshedpur are lenient when it comes to the use of masks and following social distancing norms,” said a local resident.

East Singhbhum accounted for more than half of the 603 fresh cases of Covid-19 reported in the state recently, while the active caseload in the district also skyrocketed past 800 as only 134 patients recovered from the infection there against 348 people found infected on the day, figures compiled by the National Health Mission (NHM) highlighted.

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