JUST 10 days in the past, when migrants began returning to their houses in Bihar in giant numbers, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was involved in regards to the potential unfold of COVID-19 within the state. But after screening about 1.eight lakh migrants, who’re residing both with their households or on the 3,115 quarantine centres, the state is heaving a sigh of reduction that not one of the migrants have examined optimistic thus far.
According to the Bihar well being division, 4,991 individuals have been examined thus far, together with about 2,000 migrants, these with abroad journey historical past, and in addition their kinfolk. Of these examined, 58 turned out to be COVID-19 optimistic, most with abroad journey historical past, or contact with individuals who travelled overseas.
State authorities officers mentioned a complete of about 1.eight lakh migrants returned to Bihar from Delhi, Punjab, Maharashtra, Kerala, Gujarat, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh earlier than and in the course of the lockdown. Of this, virtually one lakh migrants obtained again to their households, and at the moment are nearing completion of their 14-day quarantine at residence. Their first-level screening occurred first at inter-state borders, and later of their respective districts.
“We first screened 27,300 migrants living at 3,115 quarantine centres at schools or panchayat buildings. In the second phase, we screened over 55,000 people having returned from ‘hotspot’ states such as Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Delhi. Our doctors assessed that less than one per cent in both the phases were symptomatic cases,” Bihar Principal Secretary (Health) Sanjay Kumar informed The Indian Express.
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“But most of those who tested Covid-19 positive are people who travelled to Middle East countries or have Tablighi Jamaat connection,” Kumar mentioned.
Bihar Principal Secretary (Disaster Management) Pratyaya Amrit mentioned it was “a very happy sign that we have so far no positive case from migrants despite their vulnerability” as they crossed inter-state and Indo-Nepal borders until the nationwide lockdown was introduced. “We hope we do not get any positive case from the migrants in further tests,” he mentioned.
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Amrit mentioned all of the 20 optimistic instances from Siwan are individuals with abroad journey or contact with individuals who had a journey historical past. “Four positive cases from Begusarai are possibly because of two Tablighi groups which travelled through some parts of the district. We have sealed some mosques to prevent any further spread in Begusarai,” he mentioned.
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