Ranchi, April 17
As suspected Coronavirus cases are witnessed in several districts of Jharkhand which are yet to enter in the category of positive patients, the number of cases increased to 32 from 29 in the state on Friday. These three new cases were confirmed by State Health Secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni.
He said one is from Hindpiri and two from Azad Basti of the state capital. Asked about gender, he informed one is female wile two are males.
Kulkarni added that none have travel history. “They belong to same area. Earlier patients,” he pointed.
Ranchi now counts 17 out of 32 cases of which 15 are recorded from Hindpiri declared as containment zone. One denizen from Hindpiri and another of Bokaro among them have passed away. Seven out of 24 districts are infected in Jharkhand including 17 from Ranchi, 9 from Bokaro, 2 from Hazaribag, 1 each from Koderma, Giridih, Simdega and Dhanbad respectively.
Meanwhile, sources claimed that two fresh cases of Azad Basti near Karbala Chowk also reside in Hindpiri at present. They shifted here around eight months ago. Officials are quoting Azad Basti as their Aadhar Card mentions the specific address locality.
Hindpiri is sealed after frequent reports of Covid cases since state’s first case was identified here on March 31. Ranchi District Administration had been taking possible efforts for screening of every resident and providing door-door-to service of essential items along with flag march and regular sanitization. Volunteers are deployed at every corner for the convenience of residents.
Taking state level initiative in the hotspot zone, Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Friday started the system of distribution of emergency relief food packets for 8,000 households of Hindpiri in view of total lockdown from Guru Nanak School, Ranchi. Similar arrangements have also begun for Corona affected areas of Bokaro. The packets contain rice, lentil, potatoes, onions, mustard oil, tea leaves, sugar, soap, salt and other materials intended to last for 15 days.
Soren said that hot food and food grains are being made available to every needy through community kitchens, Didi kitchens, emergency packets, NGOs and other means. Funds through DBT are provided to migrant labourers. The milk powder distribution will commence soon.
The state government has taken further initiative for migrant labourers besides the ongoing helpline numbers and set up of State Level Control Room, Soren today launched ‘Chief Minister Special Assistance Scheme Mobile App’in order to create data base of such workers.
Planning cum Finance Department Additional Chief Secretary KK Khandelwal has directed all Deputy Commissioners to seek cooperation from Postal Department to provide door step assistance grocery, medicine, sanitization and money payment.