Jamshedpur, August 4: COVID-19 death cases in the East Singhbhum district took a jump with four more persons, including two prominent personalities, who died at the Tata Main Hospital on Tuesday here.
Those who died of suspected Coronavirus were Seraikela Bar Association president Umakant Mishra and Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce & Industries’ vice-president Dinesh Chaudhury. The third Covid death was that of a 48-year-old woman who was a resident of Kadma Farm area and the fourth death was that of a 74-year-old man who was a resident of Water Works’ area in Sakchi.
Advocate Umakant Mishra (75) who was a resident of Seraikela was admitted at the Tata Main Hospital on July 19, along with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and a 10-year-old grand-daughter.
While the daughter-in-law and the grand-daughter have already been cured, the wife and son are still struggling for their lives at the Tata Main Hospital.
The other deceased Dinesh Chaudhury (40) succumbed to his illness while being taken to the Tata Main Hospital this morning.
Chaudhury, a chartered accountant by profession was a resident of Kagal Nagar in Sonari. He has been suffering from fever and cold and cough since the past four days. After his condition deteriorated further due to difficulty in taking breath, the family members took him to Tata Main Hospital, but as he was getting admitted and was being taken inside the hospital on a wheel-chair, he collapsed at the spot.
After Chaudhury died, his body has been kept at the hospital morgue and has been subject to a test for confirmation whether he was COVID. Though Chaudhury had all the symptoms of coronavirus, family members and friends claimed that he was not infected with the coronavirus.
The district health officials said Chaudhury’s report confirming whether he was infected or not will come in late on Tuesday night. The final report is awaited.
On an average everyday one person is dying in the city. With alarming figures, administration is focussing on fresh instructions on maintaining social distancing. 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. Several other persons tested positive have travel history from Maharashtra, Delhi, Gurugram and Chennai.
Meanwhile, the district administration has chalked out plans to carry out special cleanliness and sanitation drives in all markets on weekends when all shops will be shut to contain the spread of COVID-19. The plan is to keep markets shut in phase-wise manner and launch such drives.