Jamshedpur, Nov 30: Threat posed by the new South African variant, Omicron, has prompted the district administration to put its machinery on alert again. The health department has issued an alert to meet any challenge posed by a possible third wave of Covid-19 pandemic triggered by Omicron, a new variant of the virus.
District health officials said there is no need for people to panic as of now over the new variant of Sars-Cov-2, as the government machinery was fully prepared to handle the surge in Covid-19 infections. “All that the people should do is to strictly follow the Covid-19 guidelines, including wearing of masks, maintaining physical distancing and regular sanitisation. They should not let their guard down under any circumstances,” he said.
East Singhbhum district administration on Tuesday issued an order for activating all the Covid checkpoints as a precautionary measure. Magistrates would be deployed at the checkpoints in double shifts, said an administrative official. Magistrates would be deployed near the new Domuhani bridge, Sitaramdera Bus Terminus, Kharkai bridge, Adityapur toll bridge and exit gate of Tatanagar railway station.
He said the orders have been issued towards prevention and preparedness, considering the new variant is in circulation across the world. We have asked the centres to be equipped with trained staff and doctors. In an unfortunate situation of a spike in COVID number, we have to be all set to start these facilities at a short notice,” he said.
He further said that vaccination is the key to ending the pandemic, and officials have asked to complete the first dose of all beneficiaries on priority. “There will be strict implementation of COVID-appropriate behaviour. We urge the citizens to follow the norms laid down and help the administration to end the pandemic,” he said.
“We are encouraging home quarantine to those who have travelled abroad or have travelled with someone who has travelled abroad. Similar quarantine practice is being followed in Hong Kong and Nepal. Citizens displaying symptoms are advised to get themselves tested for COVID immediately,” said another official.
He further said that the door-to-door vaccination campaign with an aim to complete 100 per cent coverage of at least the first dose has started. “The administration is encouraging the use of face masks in public institutions and places. Information, education and communication regarding the new threat will be carried out on a large scale,” he added.