Jamshedpur, March 24: East Singhbhum district administration has gone tough to enforce lockdown in city and outskirts starting with a flag-march in major roads of the city on Tuesday.
East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Ravi Shankar Shukla and East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police, Anoop Birtharay led the flag march. It began in the morning from district collectorate along with a series of police vehicle and a riot control vehicle and visited almost all the important arteries in Sidhgora, Baridih, Agrico, Sakchi, Bistupur, Mango, Kadma, Telco, Burmamines, Jugsalai and Sonari.
“ We want people to understand the importance of lockdown. We conducted the flag march to enforce lockdown. in view of prohibitory order under Section 144 of the CrPC and Jharkhand State Epidemic Diseases (Covid-19) Regulations 2020 but also to assess if essential commodities are being sold in the market,” said East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Ravi Shankar Shukla.
The district administration has formed 19 surveillance teams for Jamshedpur, Mango, Jugsalai and 11 blocks of district.
“As per our plans each of the surveillance teams will comprise members from health department, magistrate and local police station officials and will visit houses of each of the over 3,000 migrant labourers and residents who have come from affected parts of India and abroad to see if they are maintaining home quarantine and double check also interact with neighbours of the residents.
The team will maintain surveillance of the labourers and other residents for the quarantine period of 14 days and if anybody is found with symptoms would be kept under isolation at quarantine centers and their throat swab taken for sample test,’said Ravi Shankar Shukla.
Meanwhile, traffic police jointly with city police could be seen vigilant at most of the commercial hubs seeking information from two-wheelers and four-wheelers about their reason for coming on the road.
“ In order to spread awareness we have undertaken public announcement at market areas for staying at home during lockdown and it seems to have significant effect as people in general have stayed indoor,” said an official.However people are seen roaming on roads without following orders.
He said owners of hotels and lodges were directed to document the travel history of customers and to bring to the attention of the district administration the visit by foreigners.
Meanwhile, several persons in the district having travel history of visiting COVID-19 affected nations or having close contact with such persons were kept under observation. The Department of Health and Family Welfare had directed people to remain under self-isolation at their home while three persons have been kept under isolation at hospitals.