Jamshedpur, May 12: The Kolhan Division which has been under green zone, finally came under coronavirus map with two persons testing positive at Chakulia, under East Singhbhum district.
A chartered accountant student, aged 24 and a female employee of a MNC, aged 28 both from Kolkata who had returned home on May 8 evening on a private cab at Chakulia, around 80 km from of Jamshedpur have become the first novel coronavirus positive cases to have surfaced from East Singhbhum district.
Sources in the district surveillance unit informed that a total of four chartered accountant students from Kolkata and the female employee had come on two separate cabs (booked on Ola cab aggregator) till Bend (an inter-state check point on border of Bengal and Jharkhand).
At Bend which is borders Jhargram district in Bengal and East Singhbhum district in Jharkhand the cabs entry were screened and since all of them were asymptomatic were allowed to go for home quarantine by the surveillance team after showing their inter-state movement permission pass issued by the Bengal government. However, as they tested positive they were rushed to Tata Main Hospital.
Deputy Commissioner Ravi Shankar Shukla, who rushed to Chakulia as the news reached said that two of the fresh cases were reported from Chakulia in Ghatsila sub-division in East Singhbhum district. The two persons, who returned from Kolkata on May 8, were referred to the Tata Main Hospital in Jamshedpur, he said.
These were the first cases to be reported from the Kolhan division, comprising of East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharswan districts, health officials said.
The administration team reached their house in Chakulia at around 1.30 am and took the positive woman and the boy for admission in the Covid ward of Tata Main Hospital while the family members (over 13) have been kept in the isolation wards of the same hospital in Jamshedpur “ said the member of the district surveillance unit.
While the female employee is a resident of Ward Number 9 the boy is a resident of Ward Number 7, both in Chakulia town.
However, there were question marks being raised by locals over the alleged goof-up by district administration in allowing the persons from Kolkata which is a red zone to a green zone (East Singhbhum) to home quarantine rather than to an institutional quarantine.