Coronavirus: 524 under scanner in State

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Coronavirus: 524 under scanner in State

Thursday, 26 March 2020 | PNS | Ranchi

The Government on Tuesday collected samples of eight Coronavirus suspects – three from East Singbhum, four from Ranchi, one from West Singbhum – and sent them for laboratory tests, an official communiqué from the National Health Mission (NHM) said.

Although no cases of Coronavirus have been reported in Jharkhand till date, the number of Jharkhand residents under observation has increased from 450 to 524 in a day.

As per figures shared by the NHM on Tuesday, out of the 524 State residents under observation, at least 130 have passed the observation period of 28 days and not complained of any symptoms.Jharkhand Government has by now collected samples of 93 COVID-19 suspects – 48 from Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi and 34 from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital in Jamshedpur. Of the 93 samples collected, 85 have tested negative. The results of the remaining eight samples collected on Tuesday are awaited, sources said.

The lethal virus by Tuesday evening infected nearly 4 lakh people across the globe and claimed more than 17,000 lives. In India, the number of patients infected by Coronavirus increased to 519 by the time this report was filed. The death toll in India was nine by the time this report was filed.

The virus was first reported in China, and within a few months, it wreaked havoc in European countries, especially Italy and Spain.

Doctors fear that if the virus reaches a level of community spread in India, it may claim several thousand lives and prove to be catastrophic.   

All Government hospitals in the State have set up Isolation Wards to treat patients infected by the virus. Meanwhile, the administrations in each of 24 districts are screening several hundred travelers every day.

On Tuesday, every traveler landing at the Birsa Munda Airport was asked to stay in self-quarantine. The passengers travelling from different parts of the country were also stamped, sources said.

From Tuesday midnight, the State also decided to stop domestic flights from landing in Ranchi – the only airport in Jharkhand that is connected to all major cities across India. Earlier this week, Jharkhand also decided to prohibit the entry of passenger trains to the State in a bid to prevent the virus from entering the State.

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