Jamshedpur, Sept. 23: The city has crossed 12000 COVID-19 positive cases in just four months. The active case is 1998. The recovery rate of the patient has also improved to 82.4 per cent in the district.
The Kolhan Division which was under green zone came under the coronavirus map with two persons testing positive at Chakulia, under East Singhbhum district on May 12. Several other persons tested positive had travel history from Maharashtra, Delhi, Gurugram and Chennai. They arrived in the city and were staying in quarantine centres in different parts.
The district health department functionaries who are combating the Covid-19 are puzzled over the new trend of Coronavirus in the district. Health officials said testing would be ramped up, particularly among asymptomatic people.
“From a rough estimate over 70 per cent of the city population might be asymptomatic COVID patients,” said East Singhbhum district civil surgeon, Rajendra Nath Jha.
With hospitals in the city running out of COVID beds and occupancy reaching about 95 per cent, the administration has started making efforts to add atleast 100 new beds.
“We are focusing on early detection of the people affected from the virus. This will ensure that the patient is isolated and the further spread of the virus can be cured,” said an official.
According to sources in the health department, the rapid antigen tests will be carried out in Jamshedpur and in 10 blocks across the East Singhbhum district. The people who will be subjected to the test will have to appear before primary health centres in rural areas.
In Jamshedpur 16 sample collection-cum-test centres have been identified for the rapid antigen tests, whereas in the rural areas of the district 160 such centres have been set up.
The district health department has intensified drive to conduct rapid tests as COVID-19 cases see spurt. COVID-19 cases are about to reach 13,000 mark.
Jha explained that rapid antigen tests detect the presence of viral proteins (antigens) expressed by the Covid-19 virus in a sample taken from the respiratory tract of a person.
“The result of the test is made available within 15 minutes, ” he said adding that the objective is to trace, track and treat Covid positive patients. The East singhbhum health department has intensified the rapid antigen test drive keeping in view the spurt in covid-19 cases.