The district health department has intensified drive to conduct rapid tests as COVID-19 cases see spurt. COVID-19 cases crossed 10,400 mark when 120 more people were tested positive in the East Singhbhum district in the last 24 hours. Out of which 7100 people have already recovered by undergoing treatment in various Covid-designated hospitals in the city, mostly at Tata Main Hospital.
The district health department has intensified drive to conduct rapid corona tests to detect corona cases at the early stage. Rapid tests were conducted at different housing societies at Jugsalai and Sakchi market areas. During the past 24 hours, six persons have died of Covid, thus making the total number of deaths in the district to 255. District civil surgeon, Rajendra Nath Jha, pointed out that the number of deaths seemed to have decreased considerably as Tata Main Hospital is providing plasma therapy.
“ We are conducting random tests at markets in Sakchi and Bistupur. People are asked to participate in the drive. The move will help to identify the patient so that they can be quarantined to stop further spread. District administration has appealed to those who have recovered from Covid to donate their blood so that more and more plasma can be procured from such blood for being administered to the seriously-ill patients,” civil surgeon said. East Singhbhum 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 from Chakulia were admitted at Tata Main Hospital.
Since May 12, the Coronavirus continued to spread across the East Singhbhum district and in five months has crossed the 10,000 mark.
Crowded marketplaces and densely populated residential areas surrounding them are emerging as COVID-19 hotspots in the city. Sakchi, Mango and Jugsalai areas have a large number of small to medium retail and wholesale business houses and are frequented by thousands of customers every day.
Expressing concern over the growing number of Covid cases in the city, East Singhbhum civil surgeon Rajendra Jha despite the district administration making all efforts, the people are not adhering to the rules of wearing masks and maintaining social distance.
“ We are really surprised to see people roaming in the market. If the people continue to evade following the norms of maintaining social distance and wearing masks, then the number of Covid cases may increase further,” said Jha.