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Jharkhand Launches Rapid Antigen Testing Drive In Four High Caseload Districts

Amid the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state, Jharkhand Health Department has launched a rapid antigen testing drive for two days in four districts which have a high caseload

Jharkhand Launches Rapid Antigen Testing Drive In Four High Caseload Districts
Highlights
  • Rapid Antigen Testing drive in Jharkhand will be conducted on August 17, 18
  • COVID-19 tests will be conducted in Palamu, East Singhbhum, Ranchi, Dhanbad
  • In each district, 10,000 persons will be tested for Novel Coronavirus

Ranchi: Jharkhand Health Department has launched a rapid antigen testing drive for two days in four districts which have high caseload. These districts are Palamu, East Singhbhum (Jamshedpur), Ranchi and Dhanbad. It is a pilot project aimed at identifying the infected persons and containing the virus and 10,000 persons will be tested in each district. The target is to conduct 40,000 tests from these districts in two days – today and tomorrow, officials said. Jharkhand Health minister Banna Gupta said on Monday (August 17) that the effort is to treat and cure the maximum number of people.

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Presently we are doing this as pilot project for two days. But we will put continuous efforts. If some independent agencies, following all rules, come forward, we may tie-up with them. Our endeavor is to treat and cure maximum number of people, he said.

“We are identifying asymptomatic patients and trying to find the possibilities to give medical facilities at homes. Things are changing, more asymptomatic and mild symptomatic are (being) detected. State government also feels the need of making changes in the strategies regarding asymptomatic and mild symptomatic patients,” he added.

The Health Department has issued instructions to deputy commissioners of all four districts for effective execution of the testing drive.

Guidelines for the effective use of the testing resources and other protocols has also been provided.

Replying to a query, he said many deaths had taken place due to ailments other than coronavirus.

He said if patients with life-threatening disease test positive for COVID-19, the virus affects them more.

Answering a query, he said there should not be overcharging by private hospitals for COVID-19 treatment.

(Many) Private hospitals nowadays are not keeping oath of serving people. They are into money-making and profits. The state government has identified some nursing homes and hospitals in Ranchi and Jamshedpur. If they don’t improve and go against human values in the name of COVID-19, stringent action will be taken. Even they may lose their registration, he said.

Also Read: Jharkhand Fights Coronavirus With A Robot That Is Serving Food And Medicines To COVID-19 Infected Patients

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World

24,24,98,327Cases
20,40,54,102Active
3,35,14,449Recovered
49,29,776Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,24,98,327 and 49,29,776 have died; 20,40,54,102 are active cases and 3,35,14,449 have recovered as on October 22, 2021 at 5:24 am.

India

3,41,43,236 15,786Cases
1,75,7453,086Active
3,35,14,449 18,641Recovered
4,53,042 231Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,43,236 confirmed cases including 4,53,042 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,75,745 and 3,35,14,449 have recovered as on October 22, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,98,218 1,573

27,899 1,434

64,30,394 2,968

1,39,925 39

Kerala

48,88,523 8,733

82,093 1,240

47,79,228 9,855

27,202 118

Karnataka

29,84,849 365

9,017 86

29,37,848 443

37,984 8

Tamil Nadu

26,91,797 1,164

13,790 268

26,42,039 1,412

35,968 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,62,303 493

5,500 66

20,42,476 552

14,327 7

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,068 10

107 5

16,87,062 14

22,899 1

West Bengal

15,83,646 833

7,535 44

15,57,090 775

19,021 14

Delhi

14,39,488 22

311 1

14,14,087 21

25,090

Odisha

10,37,056 524

4,336 51

10,24,422 573

8,298 2

Chhattisgarh

10,05,773 38

206 21

9,91,995 16

13,572 1

Rajasthan

9,54,395 2

36 2

9,45,405 4

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,353 13

156 20

8,16,110 33

10,087

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,721 12

88 6

7,82,110 6

10,523

Haryana

7,71,125 9

131 2

7,60,945 11

10,049

Bihar

7,26,042 6

30 0

7,16,351 6

9,661

Telangana

6,69,739 183

3,967 1

6,61,829 183

3,943 1

Assam

6,07,811 384

3,762 152

5,98,087 228

5,962 4

Punjab

6,02,135 22

226 6

5,85,358 27

16,551 1

Jharkhand

3,48,526 40

166 24

3,43,225 16

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,787 14

176 0

3,36,213 14

7,398

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,386 87

814 14

3,26,143 73

4,429

Himachal Pradesh

2,22,138 202

1,452 58

2,16,955 140

3,731 4

Goa

1,77,765 59

618 21

1,73,790 35

3,357 3

Puducherry

1,27,564 43

454 7

1,25,258 50

1,852

Manipur

1,23,051 81

1,346 14

1,19,800 94

1,905 1

Mizoram

1,15,944 737

10,034 229

1,05,510 962

400 4

Tripura

84,369 18

105 10

83,448 8

816

Meghalaya

83,210 52

735 26

81,034 76

1,441 2

Chandigarh

65,315 3

26 2

64,469 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,065 22

140 2

54,645 20

280

Sikkim

31,819 19

185 10

31,241 9

393

Nagaland

31,670 11

250 5

30,743 15

677 1

Ladakh

20,896 10

43 9

20,645 1

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,678 2

4 2

10,670

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646

7 0

7,510

129

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