Ranchi, May 24: At least 27 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Jharkhand on Monday, raising the total number of such cases in the state to 405, a health department official said.
Khunti on Monday became the 23rd district in the state to be infected with COVID-19 virus. One case has been reported from Khunti. Sahebganj is the only district which till date free from coronavirus.
The new cases were reported from ten districts of the state on Monday, May 25— ten from Ranchi’s Silli, five from Latehar, three from Simdega, two each from Bokaro and Garhwa and while one case each was reported from Ramgarh, East Singhbhum, Palamau, Khunti and Gumla, the official said. Most of the corona positives are migrant workers. One of Ramgarh positive has returned from Sikanderabad while the patient from East Singhbhum’s Chakulia has returned from Maharashtra.
Out of 405 positive cases so far, 125 are from Ranchi, 52 from Garhwa, 17 from Bokaro, 16 from Palamau, 17 from Giridih, 5 from Deoghar, 11 from Dhanbad, 28 from Koderma, 45 from Hazaribagh, 25 from East Singhbhum, 9 from Latehar, 2 from Jamtara, 10 from Simdega, 10 from Ramgarh, 2 from Dumka, 11 from Gumla, 2 from Lohardaga, 4 from Seraikela-Kharsawan and Pakur, 7 from West Singhbhum, one each from Khunti, Chatra and Godda has also tested positive for coronavirus.
Pakur Deputy Commissioner Kuldip Choudhary said the test report of swab samples of four persons – two men, a woman and a child – received late on Sunday night tested positive for the virus.
He said they were in a quarantine centre after returning from Surat in Gujarat.
All the positives in East Singhbhum have travel history and have returned from other states.
Total cases in Kolhan now stand at 36 including 25 from East Singhbhum, 7 from West Singhbhum and 4 from Seraikela-Kharsawan.
Capital Ranchi accounts for 125 out of a total of 405 Covid cases. The Hindpiri locality in Ranchi is worst affected by the virus. This hotspot area is being manned by the CRPF personnel. Jharkhand has reported four deaths due to coronavirus so far.
The first case of the pandemic was reported from Hindpiri on March 31, when a 22-year-old Malaysian woman, who had been to Delhi’s Tablighi Jamaat congregation, tested positive. She has since been discharged after being recorded from the dreaded disease.
Four people have succumbed to the disease so far – two in Ranchi, one each in Bokaro and Koderma.
Following the centre’s new guidelines allowing states to categorise areas in their territory into different zones, Jharkhand decided not to place any of its districts in the red zone and instead categorised all 21 affected districts as orange zones.
Ranchi, Garhwa and Hazaribag, classified as red zone districts during the third phase of lockdown, have now been converted into orange zones.