Jamshedpur, June 22: Administration has stepped up checking of those entering the city in a bid to prevent the coronavirus spread. According to officials, only those carrying a valid movement pass, ID of their workplace in the city and involved in the supply of essential services are being allowed to enter from all entry points with the city. Police teams have barricaded the roads and set up kiosks at different entry points.
A district official said the checking will continue till the coronavirus situation normalises. He said some people are entering the city on foot or two-wheelers stealthily. “The administration is dealing with such persons strictly,” he said. The police intensified vigil at all points of entry to Jamshedpur to keep those afflicted with COVID-19 off the city.
The administration has ordered authorities to ensure enhanced checking at the border points and making sure that only those who have valid documents are allowed. It has also directed thermal screening and mandatory downloading of Aarogya Setu application by all visitors.
DC Ravi Shankar Shukla has said people related to essential services and jobs should strictly abide by precautionary measures recommended to avoid any infection. “People must practice social distancing at their offices and shops,” he said adding that it should be practiced at essential items’ shops, banks and other such public places to prevent the spread of the pandemic.
The administration is also considering introducing rapid testing for commuters showing Covid-19 symptoms. Officials said they could conduct tests on the spot at checkpoints. The result of tests these will be available in around 10 minutes. Only those found negative will be allowed to enter the city. To conduct these tests, health care professionals will also be deployed at the check points, along with police officials.
He appealed to the people not to be afraid of quarantine, which was just a means to ensure that the returnees do not spread the infection among their families, neighbours or others.
Quarantine is nothing but a way to keep those coming back to the city in isolation while they are tested and given a clean chit by the doctors, said Shukla, making it clear that every person returning to the city would be kept in institutional quarantine as a preventive measure.
Amid reports of certain people sneaking through the borders to get back home, the administration appealed to all not to resort to such dangerous measures but to come in through proper channels, with due screening, testing and quarantine.