Festive scare: 55 test cov +ve at Hatia station, skip isolation

Ranchi: Resurgence of covid scare gripped Ranchi on Saturday after 55 tested positive at Hatia railway station on Saturday but the district administration failed to isolate all of them exposing laxity on ground in proper implementation of the standard operating procedure amid apprehension of an expected third wave of the pandemic. The first two waves have so far claimed over 5000 lives in Jharkhand.

Sources at the railway station said that all those who tested positive are part of the incoming crowd returning homes ahead of Diwali and Chhath festivals scheduled in November.

“Passengers who had returned today via Tapaswani express and Rourkela, mainly coming from Orissa tested positive via rapid antigen test (RAT),” he said, adding that about 1500 people were made to submit RAT and RT-PCR tests before proceeding to their respective destinations after giving samples. “Unfortunately, by the time report arrived, most of the positive persons had gone,” he said, indicating the administrative lapse in timely isolation.

While district administration officials were yet to come up with any explanation but the incident has triggered scare at a time when concerns regarding spike in covid cases are doing rounds amid the ongoing festive season. Union government too in its advisory to all states in the month of September had cautioned to be on extra alert to allow surge in cases and speed up the vaccination process.

However in Ranchi, cases have shot up drastically in last two days after a total of 81 new infections came to force. On Friday, 26 people tested positive—first since the last 71 days taking the active case load closer to 100 in the state capital.

A senior health department official added, “There is no scope to let the guards down as the percentage of fully vaccinated persons in the state is barely close to 15 percent out of the total beneficiary in the adult age group. Most importantly, covid appropriate behavior is missing in most of the public places.”