Jamshedpur, Aug 3: Amid the fervour of Raksha Bandhan in steel city, COVID cases in the East Singhbhum district took surge, with total number of Coronavirus positive cases crossing 21000 mark the total number of deaths due to the deadly virus has climbed to 42. In the last 24 hours five persons died of coronavirus.
On Monday five persons died due to coronavirus at Tata Main Hospital till the afternoon taking the deaths to 42 mark, spreading shivers among the district health department and administration.
Those died today include a 77-year-old woman who was a resident of Mango locality, a 86-year-old of Rajendra Nagar in Sakchi, a 47-year-old man of Jugsalai, a 64-year-old woman of Shastrinagar in Kadma and a 76-year-old man, also a resident of Bhatia Bustee in Kadma.
Except for the 47-year-old Jugsalai resident, all the four deceased had other ailments. The 86-year-old man who was from Rajendra Nagar in Sakchi was also diagnosed with dengue.
Expressing concern over the growing number of Covid cases in the city, East Singhbhum civil surgeon Rajendra Jha despite the district administration making all efforts, the people are not adhering to the rules of wearing masks and maintaining social distance.
“People are not taking the virus seriously. Markets are flooded with people. If the people continue to evade following the norms of maintaining social distance and wearing masks, then the number of Covid cases may increase further,” said Jha.
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. Several other persons tested positive have travel history from Maharashtra, Delhi, Gurugram and Chennai.
With bed occupancy reaching cent percent in most of the COVID hospitals in the city, the administration is converting school and college campuses as new health centres.
Presently, the coronavirus patients are undergoing treatment at three hospitals, Tata Main Hospital, Tata Motors Hospital and MGM Medical College Hospital. As bed availability in the three hospitals reaches almost 100 percent the administration is prompted for carrying out inspection for other hospitals.
The Deputy Commissioner has also appealed to the people of the district to strictly follow the rules of social distancing. Even a slight negligence can hit many people in corona. He advised people to strictly adhere to physical distance and essentially use masks and sanitizers.