43 from E Singhbhum among 72 fresh cases, 2nd peak in 2 days | Ranchi News

Ranchi/Jamshedpur/Gumla: Coronavirus cases continued to surge in East Singhbhum as the district, with its headquarters in the steel hub of Jamshedpur, detected 43 new Covid patients on Saturday, taking the district’s tally to 96 in just 18 days since May 12, until when Jamshedpur was the largest urban cluster in the country untouched by the virus. This is the biggest single-day figure for any district in Jharkhand.
Meanwhile, 29 more cases were detected in nine other districts of Jharkhand, taking the number of active cases above the 300-mark. One of them is from Sahebganj, which was until Saturday untouched by the virus. All 24 districts in the state are now affected by the novel coronavirus. With 72 fresh cases on Saturday, Jharkhand has recorded its second peak in as many days. The state recorded 46 cases on Friday.
Of the, 594 positive cases, 332 are active and 257 have recovered, including 40 from five district on Saturday. Five patients have succumbed to the virus in the state.
On Saturday, Dhanbad recorded 13 cases, Simdega and Hazaribag detected four positive patients each, Khunti and Garhwa detected two each and Palamu, Pakur, Sahibganj and Gumla reported one each.
A large chunk of the 72 cases reported on Saturday are migrants, taking the number of returning workers testing positive to at least 411 since May 5. The rate of transmission is so high among migrant workers that the state health department recently had to create a dedicated column in its daily Covid-19 bulletin only for data related to migrants testing positive.
Jamshedpur, which recorded its first Covid case 42 days after the viral outbreak in Jharkhand on March 31, is now a major concern for the state health authorities. The district had also reported 15 cases on Friday. Of the 96 cases in East Singhbhum, more than 50% are from the city areas and the number is expected to rise as a few who tested positive in the last 48 hours were in home quarantine.
East Singhbhum DC Ravi Shankar Shukla called in an emergency meeting of the district administration officials on Saturday evening and instructed them to keep a strict vigil on migrant movement. “We have been directed to keep an eye on anyone arriving from Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi and Kolkata,” said an official.
Meanwhile, 40 positive patients were discharged from various Covid hospitals — this is also the hignest number of single-day recoveries in the state. Koderma and Garhwa discharged 19 and 13 patients from their hospitals. Five patients from Ranchi, two from Lohardaga and one from East Singhbhum were also declared cured on Saturday.

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