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Omicron: Jamshedpur entry points activated to fight fresh variant

Jamshedpur, Dec 3: In the wake of a fresh wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting several parts of the country, the district administration has started proactively measures to deal with the situation. East Singhbhum district health department has decided to ramp up sample tests for Covid-19 at all the five entry points to the district starting from Friday.

Plans to increase daily sample tests from 2,000 to 7,0000 following the arrival of 30,000 testing kits from Ranchi. Dhalbhum sub-divisional officer, Sandeep Kumar Meena said that a few days after the administration started a sample test for Covid at the entry points a fortnight ago, the stock of testing kits has exhausted.

“A consignment of 30,000 testing kits reached our district on Friday, we are going to do 7,000 tests at the entry points from tomorrow, ” said Meena. The health department will carry out the sample test for Covid at the entry points by means of Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) only as the results of the sample test of the commuters are declared instantly. Additional 57,000 testing kits will reach Jamshedpur in a day or two, and an adequate number of such kits will be maintained onwards.

He said that those found without masks are taken into task. Hotels, shopping centres and market places are under scanner. “ We have increased vigil and made meticulous plans to prevent a fresh wave of the disease. Action is being taken against those guilty of moving around in public places without masks,” said the official.

As part of the preventive measures, the administration has come up with new checkpoints to keep entering the city. These check posts have come up at entry points like Dobo-Kanderbera road that links to the steel city through Domuhani Bridge, Adityapur Bridge on river Kharkai to name a few.

“We have increased the level of surveillance by the district health department and taken stricter measures to check the spread of the deadly virus, the count of the COVID cases might increase,” said the official.

Another official said the initiative is aimed at creating awareness.  ” The cases are on the rise again and we need to be careful. Wearing a mask is mandatory as per Covid protocols issued by the ministry of home affairs and state disaster management department. This along with following social distancing norms helps in preventing the transmission of Covid-19 virus, ” he said. Those entering Mango through the Jai Prakash Narayan Setu without face masks were also stopped near the KhudiRam Bose statue at the Mango Chowk.

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