Jharkhand records fourth corona death, 20 new positives, tally soars to 350

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Ranchi, May 21: Jharkhand Health Secretary, Nitin Madan Kulkarni, on Saturday informed that twenty new COVID-19 cases were reported in Jamshedpur.

“20 new COVID-19 cases reported in the state including 11 from Koderma, 4 from Simdega, 3 from Jamshedpur and 2 from Ranchi. Total positive cases in Jharkhand is 350 now,” said Kulkarni. The contact details and travel history of all the new patients is being looked upon.

Koderma on Saturday recorded first death after a 39-year-old migrant worker who had recently returned from Mumbai tested positive posthumously.  The total COVID-19 death in Jharkhand now stands at four. The corona patient died at isolation ward of Sadar hospital on Thursday, May 21 night. His samples were taken after death and the report confirming his positive status was received on Saturday.

The first corona death was reported in Jharkhand’s Bokaro on April 8 when a 75-year-old patient had died.

The second death was of a Covid-19 patient in a hospital in Jharkhand’s Ranchi on April 12.

Jharkhand witnessed third COVID-19 fatality on April 21 when a  54-year-old woman died in Ranchi. Remarkably, the second victim of coronavirus was from the same family after her 60-year-old husband died on April 12 in RIMS. 21 districts out of 24 in the state have been infected with COVID19 with Chatra district being the recent entry in the list. All new samples tested positive are of the migrants and stranded labourers.

Out of 350 positive cases so far, 114 are from Ranchi, 47 from Garhwa, 15 from Bokaro, 15 from Palamau, 17 from Giridih, 5 from Deoghar, 7 from Dhanbad, 26 from Koderma, 41 from Hazaribagh, 20 from East Singhbhum, 4 from Latehar, 2 from Jamtara, 7 from Simdega, 6 from Ramgarh, 2 from Dumka, 10 from Gumla, 2 from Lohardaga, 4 each from Seraikela-Kharsawan and West Singhbhum, one each from Chatra and Godda has also tested positive for coronavirus.

Capital Ranchi accounts for 114 out of a total of 350 Covid cases. The Hindpiri locality in Ranchi is worst affected by the virus. This hotspot area is being manned by the CRPF personnel. Jharkhand has reported four deaths due to coronavirus so far.

The first case of the pandemic was reported from Hindpiri on March 31, when a 22-year-old Malaysian woman, who had been to Delhi’s Tablighi Jamaat congregation, tested positive. She has since been discharged after being recorded from the dreaded disease.

130 migrants who have arrived from other states since May 5 have tested positive for COVID-19.

Following the centre’s new guidelines allowing states to categorise areas in their territory into different zones, Jharkhand decided not to place any of its districts in the red zone and instead categorised all 21 affected districts as orange zones.

The state’s three Covid unaffected districts– Khunti, Pakur and Sahebgunj—were put in the green zone.

Ranchi, Garhwa and Hazaribag, classified as red zone districts during the third phase of lockdown, have now been converted into orange zones.

“Presently the state has no red zone district as none of the 24 districts have reported more than 200 positive cases. Therefore, all 21 affected districts are placed in the orange zone and three other districts, which have not reported any positive case so far, are declared green zones,” said state health department’s principal secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni.


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