Ranchi, April 6 (IANS) Another woman has tested positive for the coronavirus in Hindpidhi area of Ranchi, the State capital on Monday, taking the count of such cases in the state to four, health officials said.
The woman has tested positive and has been admitted to the special COVID-19 ward at the government-run Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) hospital.
This is the second consecutive case in Jharkhand, 24 hours after a woman was tested positive at Chandrapura of Bokaro, on Sunday, after she had returned from a religious congregation in Bangladesh.
Hindpidhi in Ranchi is the same area where the first COVID-19 positive case, a woman from Malaysia who was said to have participated in the Tablighi Jamaat centre in Delhi, was detected. She had come to Ranchi along with others and was staying at a mosque in the area.
On March 31, the state registered its first confirmed case when a Malaysian woman was tested positive. She was the part of 22- people group of 17 foreign nationals who were recovered from two mosques in Ranchi. The group had descended to Ranchi last month after attending Tablighi Jammat in New Delhi’s Nizammudin.
Jharkhand’s second case was reported from Hazaribagh district when a 52-year-old man was tested positive for Covid-19. The man had returned to the district from West Bengal’s Asansol on March 29 amid nationwide lockdown.
The Bokaro district administration has been identifying people who could have come into contact with her.
Considering the positive cases, Ranchi district administration had imposed ban after first case was confirmed in the state. Initially, the Hindpiri people have protested the screening and tried to restrict the health workers, but later screening of 10,158 people were successfully conducted.
As per the state govt data, total of 911 samples of suspected patients had been sent for testing out of which 727 have so far tested negative. Results of the remaining samples are still awaited. On Sunday a total of 136 samples were collected.
The health department has set up two dedicated hospitals for the coronavirus patients at the state level, having combined capacity of 155 non ICU and 30 ICU beds with ventilators whereas, at the district level 1449 Non ICU beds and 209 ICU beds have been identified. The total number of beds in quarantine centres across the state was 39,612, authorities said.