Total deaths 30, positive cases cross 1700
Jamshedpur, July 30: Many Covid cases without travel or contact history are being reported in the city. Coronavirus positive cases are now being detected at every locality and almost all government institutions, including the police establishments as well as the hospitals.
“This is the reason that we had to make the quarantine system for an outsider more stringent now after giving some relief for a week time beside taking other measures aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly virus,” an official said.
Till today 30 deaths have been reported, while positive cases have crossed 1700. Of the 79 cases, only three had travel history and six out of the remaining 76 persons were tested positive after coming in contact with the Covid patients. But the remaining 70 persons who have tested positive had neither any travel history nor had they come in contact with any Covid patient.
Of the 1,567 cases, 907 are active cases and are undergoing treatment at various hospitals, 28 have died and the remaining 630 have returned home after their recovery.
The civil surgeon R N Jha said though the number of Covid cases has decline during the past three days, with the maximum number of cases was on Sunday which was 124 followed by 120 on Monday and 79 on Tuesday, but the declining number of positive cases having travel history and coming in contact with the infected persons is the cause of concern for the district health department.
“Community transmission is just a particular stage in the disease transmission and it doesn’t mean the government has failed or that the lockdown was not a success. The reluctance to accept that community transmission has set in seems to stem from the insistence on lockdown being successful only if it has stopped community transmission. There is going to be no real change in strategy if community spread has set in.” According to the WHO, “Community transmission is evidenced by the inability to relate confirmed cases through chains of transmission for a large number of cases, or by increasing positive tests through sentinel samples
Revealing about the step, district civil surgeon, Rajendra Nath Jha till last week a system of putting any outsider in quarantine was effective, but the state government had changed the system and allowed the outsiders to remain in home quarantine for 14 days, but keeping in view of the rising number of Covid cases here, the East Singhbhum district has on Wednesday implemented its own quarantine policy.