Jamshedpur, Sept. 28: As part of its measures to combat COVID-19, the district health department on Monday conducted 11,231 Antigen tests in East Singhbhum district. Though the final reports were yet to be filed till late evening however, as per the initial reports 128 persons were tested positive of coronavirus during the test drive.
East Singhbhum district surveillance officer, Dr Sahir Pall said that the department has focussed on conducting more tests. The focus is on such areas where positive cases have been found. On Monday, a target of 12,500 tests was planned in the district out of which 3500 were to be conducted in urban areas.
“We have been able to complete 11,231 tests. The positivity rate is 1.8 per cent, which is a good sign. Out of the tests 128 persons have been tested positive. If we are able to focus on conducting more tests. We will be able to control the spread,” he noted.
Dr Pall also said that the department has launched nine vans to visit containment zones and detect cases quickly. Six static collection centres have also come up.
Another official said the administration had previously directed random tests for some sections of society on priority. Now the plan is to target those who are regular in touch with the crowd. The drive was carried through Baharagora, Chakulia, Dhalbhumgarh, Dumaria, Ghatshila, Jugsalai, Musaboni, Patmada, Potka and urban areas.
He went on to add that the administration has decided to test everyone in the district to prevent community spread of the disease. More tests would only help the administration to prevent further spread of the disease.
“ Random tests have been conducted at Sakchi market today. Even help of police was sought. People were motivated to undergo tests so that the spread can be controlled. During the tests drive, we have seen that people are scared to undergo tests. They need to understand the more we conduct tests the fear of spread will get normal,” said another health official.
Meanwhile, the district health department has also issued an order making it mandatory for people working at hotels and restaurants to undergo a rapid antigen test for COVID-19. The order has been issued under the Disaster Management Act and COVID-19 Regulations.