Two more Jharkhand residents, one each from East Singhbhum and Gumla, died of Covid-19 on Tuesday, taking the Covid toll in the state to 5,102, figures released by the health department highlighted. The active caseload in the State, however, dropped to 1,417 on the day as at least 180 Covid patients recovered from the infection while 110 fresh cases of coronavirus surfaced in the State, a bulletin released by the National Health Mission (NHM) stated.
At least four districts — Saraikela, Khunti, Dumka and Chatra — did not report fresh Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, while none of the remaining 20 districts reported a spike of more than 20 cases on the day, the NHM stated in its bulletin.
Dhanbad reported the highest spike of 17 cases against 15 recoveries, while East Singhbhum reported a spike of 14 cases against 26 recoveries. At least 13 people were found infected by the lethal virus in Ranchi and 26 Covid patients recovered here, bringing the active caseload in the capital down to 462.
By end of Tuesday, only two districts — Ranchi and East Singhbhum — had an active caseload of more than 100. At least 14 recoveries against ten fresh cases of infection brought the active caseload in Hazaribag below the 100-mark on Tuesday. As per NHM data, as many as 98 people were battling Covid-19 in Hazaribag. The active caseload in East Singhbhum was 155.
The state on Tuesday tested swab samples of 1,30,310 residents as a part of a special Covid testing drive and less than 0.1 per cent of them were found infected by coronavirus. As per Government data, over 3.44 lakh people have been affected by Covid-19 in the State so far and 98.10 per cent of them have recovered.
The growth rate of infection in Jharkhand also dropped to 0.03 per cent on Tuesday against the national average of 0.13 per cent. The doubling rate of cases, on the other hand, crossed the 2,000-day-mark in the state on Tuesday against the national doubling rate of 530 days, the NHM bulletin stated.
The state on Tuesday administered the first dose of vaccine against Covid-19 to 93,393 residents and more than 74,000 of them were in the age bracket of 18 years to 44 years, a separate report from NHM stated. The second jab of the vaccine was administered to 18,823 beneficiaries on the day.
One more suspected case of Covid-induced Mucormycosis surfaced in Jharkhand on Tuesday, taking the total count of suspected cases in the state to 54. So far, 82 confirmed cases of black fungus have been reported in the state and at least 26 patients have died while 52 have recovered, highlights Government data.