Corona cases cross 350 mark in Jamshedpur, several non-migrants also fall victim

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Jamshedpur, June 26: The steel city has crossed the 350 mark of COVID-19 positive cases with fresh cases reported on Friday. As the cases are rising, the recovery rate of patients is also on the road of improvement. The Kolhan Division which was under green zone, came under coronavirus map with two persons testing positive at Chakulia, under East Singhbhum district on May 12.

The fear factor is that several non-migrants have also fallen victim. Over 200 non-migrants, including those who did not have any travel history, have tested positive for Covid-19 in the State in June.

 According to data compiled by the National Health Mission (NHM), at least 208 non-migrants tested positive for Covid-19 from June 1 to June 24 in State. As many as 1531 cases surfaced in the state during this period and 1323 of them were migrants, the NHM figures highlight.

Sero survey has started in State, and the Government will get a clearer picture once the survey reports are out. According to government data, a total of 398 non-migrants have tested positive for Covid-19 in Jharkhand since the entry of the virus in the state on March 31. The cases of Covid transmission among locals reported in June alone accounts for more than 50 per cent of the total count of locals who have tested positive so far in Jharkhand.

District administration has announced a crackdown on inter-state travellers who hide their travel information. As migrant workers and people trapped in our cities continue to return, several of them are not willing to share the right information about their travel history.

“During screening we have found that several of the returnees are either not sharing their travel history or not willing to give correct information. We have decided to take legal action against the inter-state travellers under the Epidemic Act for hiding information. We have issued a warning in this regard,” said an official. He said that several even dare to share wrong information about their health conditions.

Moreover, several inter-state travellers are sneaking back into the district. Many such travellers have begun using village and interior roads to sneak back into the city to avoid check-posts on inter-state borders, making tracking and testing such people that much harder.

The migrant labourers who are returning back to their hometowns are being kept under strict vigil as administration has advised several of them to be home quarantined. Even after proper screening at Tatanagar railway station and bus stops, the administration is keeping a close watch at quarantine centres.

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