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Tatanagar to step up Covid vigil from Tuesday

Arriving passengers to undergo thermal screening, will be tested at station
The Tatanagar railway station on Monday.

Pinaki Majumdar   |   Jamshedpur   |   Published 22.02.21, 05:29 PM

Concerned over the rising cases of Covid-19 in various parts of the country, Tatanagar has made it manadatory for all arriving passengers to undergo a Covid test at the station from Tuesday. 

The East Singhbhum district health department has decided to resume Covid-19 test ( (RT-PCR) at the Tatanagar railway station from tomorrow ( Tuesday).

Confirming this Tatanagar station director H K Balmuchu said that they have got a  written communication in this regard from the district health department today.

"The East Singhbhum  district health department will carry out the RT- PCR test while we will provide our staff for thermal screening of passengers. thermal screening will be carried out for both incoming and outgoing passengers, " said Balmuchu talking to The Telegraph Online.

East Singhbum district surveillance officer Sahir Pal said three teams have been constituted for conducting covid tests on the premises of the station. " There will be a separate team for carrying out thermal screening of passengers, " he said.

Pal added that a sizeable number of passengers arrive at Tatanagar station in trains coming from various states.

"The health department team will especially monitor passengers coming from  Maharashtra, Punjab Chhattisgarh , Madhya Pradesh and southern India. We will collect samples which will be sent for lab tests. Passengers will be asked to stay in home isolation till the arrival of test reports. If a passenger is found positive he or she  will be admitted to a Covid hospital, " explained the surveillance officer.

Railway sources said a help desk would also be set up at the entrance of  the railway station for the convenience of passengers.

Data available from the office of district civil surgeon revealed that so far  in February,  55,702 samples were tested of which 163 tested Covid positive. 

On Saturday, 10 out of 17 samples had tested positive. The 10 positive cases belonged to a family  of a businessman of Sakchi.

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