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H’bag admin to ban religious rallies, add more Covid-screening centres | Ranchi News

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Hazaribag: Sample collection centres for Covid-19 testing in Hazaribag will be increased to check the surge in cases in the district.
Addressing mediapersons on Thursday, deputy commissioner Aditya Kumar Anand said he has issued orders in this regard to civil surgeon Dr Sanjay Kumar Jaiswal. He also admitted that there is a shortage of vaccine doses. Anand further said safety protocols will be strictly implemented in the district and violations, including attempts to take out religious processions, will be strictly dealt with.
He said, “On an average, around 1,500 samples are being tested daily. But with the rising cases, we must increase the number of tests. We have given the necessary directions in this regard. At present, there are six sample collection centres where all tests are done through RT-PCR and TruNat machines.”
Stating that most of the cases are reported from the Hazaribag town, the DC said the new hotspot towns are Babugaon, Hurhuru, Holy Cross, Boddom Bazar, Ravindra Path and Jheel Tower areas. “Residents have to shed their casual attitude and observe the Covid-19 protocols religiously, otherwise we have to initiate more stringent rules,” he said.
Anand further said the administration will not issue permits to any religious processions and warned religious groups of legal action if they flout the Jharkhand government’s orders and try to take out Ramnavami processions.
Conceding that there is a shortage of Covid-19 vaccines across the district, he said, “The vaccine stocks were exhausted on Wednesday, but we are expecting new stocks by Friday.”
As of Thursday, the district has 148 active cases. Till date, Hazaribag detected 4,6,28 cases of which 4,442 have recovered and 38 persons have died from the virus.

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