Jamshedpur, June 13: The first kind of weekend complete lockdown in the city saw only medical outlets open and streets remaining almost deserted in Jamshedpur. The district administration had announced tough action against those violating orders. Police erected barricades on all main roads and junctions in the city and also enhanced patrolling to check ‘unnecessary’ movement of people. By 5 pm on Saturday, almost all streets in the city wore a deserted look. Only healthcare facilities, including hospitals, clinics and pharmacies were allowed to function. There was a complete lockdown on Sunday with all grocery shops and vegetable outlets closed. Essential supply and medical services were not interrupted.
SSP M Tamil Vanan said: “ We appeal to the public not to come out of their homes unnecessarily and not to move on the roads without any reason.” Police said movement was allowed only in case of a medical emergency.
After a gap of about six months the city reported zero new COVID-19 deaths for the second consecutive day. Moreover, with the recovery rate improving to 96.65% the active cases have come down to 722. The overall death toll in East Singhbhum has reached 1044 and the total cases 51211. The first COVID death was reported on July 4 when two elderly persons, including an 88-year-old woman died in the Tata Main Hospital.
East Singhbhum district civil surgeon AK Lal confirmed that death cases have reduced since the beginning of June. “The recent trend is giving us hope. Even the number of positive cases has also reduced,” he said. “The Coronavirus is very much in the steel city and in the rural pockets of the East Singhbhum district. But it is for certain that if people start to pay utmost attention in maintaining social distance, keeping one’s hand sanitised again and again and wearing a mask, the Coronavirus has to go soon,” said Lal.
The East Singhbhum district had its first Coronavirus positive case on May 12, exactly four months from now, when a 23-year-old girl and a 27-year-old youth from Chakulia were admitted at the Tata Main Hospital. Of the 762 patients still undergoing treatment for the coronavirus in the district, most are in home isolation, while some are being treated at care centres and hospitals. Meanwhile, Jamshedpur reported 51 new cases, which took its overall tally to 51,211.