Jamshedpur: With the number of COVID-19 cases in the city on the rise, the civic bodies and police on Friday joined hands to intensify their drive against those who do not wear masks. Some 100 police personnel cracked down on those not wearing masks or were found to be spitting in public.
City SP Subhash Chandra Jat said this is not about collecting fines, but an effort to make people wear masks. “This is the most effective way one can fight Covid-19. Prevention is better than cure,” he said.
A majority of shopkeepers, vendors and car drivers who refused to follow COVID safety norms were warned by the police team.A police official said that in shops most owners kept the mask and hand and dealt with customers without the mask on, but put it on as soon as they saw police officials.
He said rickshaw drivers must wear masks when they carry passengers. Another officer said that vendors say it is difficult for them to communicate with customers with masks on — some wore masks but pulled down near the chin and not covering the mouth or nose.
Meanwhile, the administration has also come up with camp jails at Motilal Nehru Public School at Sakchi and Kerala Samajam Model School at Gomuri. The jails will be used to camp violators not following COVID-19 norms.
Meanwhile, administration feels that lack of fear factor in the mind of the people and increased social gatherings post-Lockdown is reason for the spike in the coronavirus positive cases which have crossed the 600 marks in East Singhbhum district during the past 24 hours.
Despite an increased level of surveillance by the district health department and stricter measures adopted by the district administration to check the spread of the deadly virus, the count of the Covid cases is increasing daily in double digit, leading the district administration and associated agencies to search for the reason behind the fast.
People are violating the norms of the social distancing and evading the medical check-up while returning from other states, especially Bihar after the Unlock-1 started in June.