Jamshedpur, June 28: In order to check the spread of coronavirus, the East Singhbhum district administration on Saturday embarked on a drive to conduct random COVID-19 testing. In the first phase vegetable vendors of Mango were covered. Health team took samples from the vendors and also educated them to follow social distancing. The city has crossed the 350 mark of positive coronavirus cases.
DC Ravi Shankar Shukla said the idea is to scan those people who have personal contacts with several others during their daily course of work. He added that the administration has been focusing on detecting positive cases among people with travel history, but it felt the need to test residents of the city and other areas of the district so that the spread of the disease is contained. Shukla urged people not to move around unnecessarily.
Another official said that several cases of vegetables sellers testing positive in Chennai and Delhi have been reported so as part of their preventive measures they are conducting tests of vegetables sellers in the city in wake of the growing cases of infection. He said that sampling of vegetable sellers will continue alongside the sampling of migrants. He said that since the market served as a potential source for infection, samples are being collected by holding special camps.
Meanwhile, health sources said that vegetable sellers fall under the category of highly vulnerable for COVID-19 after barbers, the positive cases.
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. The fear factor is that several non-migrants have also fallen victim.