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Covid count nears 20k in Steel City, 464 cases active | Ranchi News


Jamshedpur: The number of Covid-19 cases in East Singhbhum is inching close to the 20,000-mark with 19,359 cases reported in the district till Friday. Since the outbreak of the pandemic on March 31, 2020, the number of cases reached 18,000 in the district on January 29 this year and it took only 52 days more for the cases to cross the 18,500 figure. After a mere 11 days, the number crossed the 19,000-mark.
According to the district health department figures, between January 30 and March 22, a total of 453 cases were detected and from March 23 to April 2, another 547 cases were reported.
Given the surge in cases, additional district magistrate (law and order) Nand Kishore Lal, who is also the nodal officer for Covid-19 surveillance in the district, urged the public not to lower their guards and follow the safety protocols strictly.
He said, “We are imposing fines and initiating penal action against those who broke the protocols to discipline and warn them.”
Notably, the district administration has started a drive against the violators at public places. In the first three days of April, over 150 people have been penalised for inappropriate Covid-safety behaviour.
Meanwhile, the district health department has conducted a total 6,24,619 tests so far with an average of 1,800 tests daily.
Additional chief medical officer Sahir Pall said, “Testing of the samples is an important measure for identifying and isolating infected persons.”
Jamshedpur Chapter secretary of the Indian Medical Association, Mrityunjay Singh, said people should follow the protocols of wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining social distance to avert the infection. “But at the same time, taking the vaccine is equally important to keep the virus at bay,” Singh said.
The first case of the Covid-19 was reported in the district on May 12 last year and the first death from the pandemic was reported on July 4, 2020. Out of the 19,359 infected persons so far, 18,538 have recovered and 357 have died while 464 are active and undergoing treatment.


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