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Covid: No vax, no entry at collectorate, rules J’khand’s temple town

Ranchi: Deoghar administration has announced curbs on entry into collectorate building, district’s administrative power centre, for people devoid of covid-19 vaccination. The district administration on Wednesday issued formal orders in this regard concerned over the spike in covid-19 cases in recent days following spate of festivals in last two months.

An official order issued on Wednesday morning read, “Taking into account the rise in covid infection in the district, entry of unvaccinated people into collectorate building premises has been banned.”

Deputy commissioner Manjunath Bhajantri conceded that the district is again witnessing the spike and an unvaccinated 60-year-old lady had even died a day ago prompting them to initiate stringent measures to motivate people to prioritise their inoculation for larger good. The elderly woman hailed from ward 20 in Madhupur area and died at Sadar hospital during the treatment.

Bhajantri said, “From November 10 to 16 as many as six confirmed cases of covid infections have come to fore and the current active cases are highest in the last three months. We appeal people to adopt covid appropriate behavior and take their vaccination.”

Collectorate building happens to the key establishment in any district where all the important government offices are located. It is the place where key decisions related to district’s overall welfare and day to day work are planned and executed from. Thousands of people also visit here daily for different kinds of works.

Notably, Deoghar is also home to the world famous Baba Baidhyanathdham temple and is one of the top religious tourism centres of the state.

Currently, state’s overall active cases stand at 133 of which five are in Deoghar, as per the covid-19 bulletin issued by the state health department on Tuesday night. Since the outbreak of the virus last year, Deoghar reported 10842 cases of which 114 succumbed and rest got cured.

The district also fares among one poor performers in terms of overall vaccination coverage vis-à-vis other districts. Of the estimated eligible population of 17,40,066 persons, 57.83% took their first dose and a meager 28.70% received both the doses.