Drawing lessons from Delhi and Gujarat that witnessed an increase in Covid-19 cases during the festive times, East Singhbhum District Administration does not want to repeat the same mistake and is taking all measures to make sure that people comply with the pandemic norms. It has decided to increase surveillance in the district and has launched a test drive to conduct Covid tests.
A partial lockdown in Jamshedpur has also been announced from Monday and ten check posts have been made in the city to ensure compliance of physical distance and masks at crowded places. At all the check posts, magistrates and police officers will be posted in two shifts. Any violation in following the Covid-19 norms can result in fines and temporary imprisonment of 10 to 15 days. Motilal Nehru Public School in Bistupur and Kerala School in Golmuri have been turned in to a camp prison for this purpose. Check Posts have been made in Parsudih near Railway Station, Jugsalai Police Station, near Modi Park in Bistupur, Old Court Road in Sakchi, new bridge near Domuhani and XLRI, Kadma flyover, Women’s College- Bistupur, Agrico roundabout, Sakchi roundabout, Golmuri roundabout.
Special camps will be held at Tatanagar railway station to conduct Covid tests of commuters entering the town. “People who traveled outside before the festivals are returning home and therefore tests are compulsory”, said Sahil Pal, District Surveillance Officer. Long-distance bus operators have also been asked to maintain a register with the record of name, address and contact number of passengers returning from Bihar, Odisha, Bengal and other districts of the state, for contact tracing.
Health teams at the 12 interstate and inter-district checkpoints have also been alerted to keep an eye on those entering the district. Meanwhile, the district health department has said that it will conduct 150 RT-PCRs and 50 TrueNat tests in each of the nine blocks of the district till the end of November.