Jharkhand records 19 fresh cases, count crosses 600 mark | Ranchi News

Ranchi/Gumla/Ramgarh: Jharkhand on Sunday crossed the 600-mark of Covid-19 cases as the state reported 19 new infections from seven districts. The state touched the 100-mark in 28 days since the first patient was reported on March 31. The figure steadily rose to 500 with the return of migrants but jumped to the current total of 613 cases in only a few days.
The infection scare also reached close to chief minister Hemant Soren’s official residence on Kanke Road here after a staff of IIM-Ranchi tested positive. IIM-Ranchi is located just opposite to Soren’s residence.
The state has now 351 active cases while 257 patients had recovered. Five had died from the viral infection.
Of the fresh 19 cases, East Singhbhum continued to report the highest number at 10 while Hazaribag detected three and Sahibganj two while Ramgarh, Ranchi, Dhanbad and Lohardaga reported one case each. All of the new patients are migrants who had returned from various Covid hotspots across the country.
Notably, East Singhbhum count has crossed the 100-mark and the total cases in the district stood at 106 on Sunday.
In Lohardaga, a pregnant woman, who had returned from New Delhi three days, ago tested positive at a private lab. “The 26-year-old pregnant woman continues to be asymptomatic and she has been shifted to the Covid hospital in Lohardaga,” DC AkankshaRanjan said.
In Ranchi, contact-tracing exercise of the IIM-Ranchi staffer began, following which screening was conducted in Chutia area, where the patient live, and in Suchana Bhavan, where the institute is located.
SDM Lokesh Mishra said, “A 32-year-old resident of Ketari Bagan area under Chutia police station limits has tested positive for Covid-19 and he is a staff of IIM-Ranchi.”
He added, “Soon after we got the information, a health department team has traced the patient and shifted him to the integrated Covid hospital at Rims. Other employees who have come in contact with him are sent to home quarantine and their samples are collected.”
Till the time of filing the report, samples of around 35 people collected in the contact-tracing exercise. The IIM-Ranchi offices in Suchana Bhavan will remain closed for next two to three days for sanitization exercises.
An official said, “We will continue to remain closed for next few days as sanitization has to be done after which admission and interview work will resume.”

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