The Covid tally in Jharkhand crossed the 1.5 lakh mark, while the number of active cases surpassed 20,000 on Thursday as the state reported nearly 3,500 Covid cases and 28 injured in 24 hours, said. highlighted figures compiled by the National Health Mission (NHM).
The 28 deaths reported on Thursday brought the state’s Covid toll to 1,320. According to a bulletin released by the NHM, at least nine of the 28 Covid victims were residents of Dhanbad, while five of the deceased were from Ranchi. East Singhbhum reported four casualties that day and Koderma reported two. At least five districts – Simdega, West Singhbhum, Ramgarh, Godda and Deoghar – have each reported one death from Covid.
Ranchi continued to report the highest share of Covid cases among the 24 districts on Thursday. According to data from NHM, as many as 1,393 cases in the districts brought the number of active cases here to 8,666. Ranchi accounts for about 40 percent of the 20,651 active cases in the state. Meanwhile, East Singhbhum also reported 492 cases compared to 264 recoveries in the day. The active workload reached 2,504 during the day.
At least five other districts – Hazaribag, Koderma, Dhanbad, Deoghar and Bokaro – reported a triple-digit spike in cases that day. Ranchi and Dhanbad, however, have continued to lead in terms of Covid victims in the state. Thursday’s findings brought the Covid toll in Ranchi to 335 and that of East Singhbhum to 392.
On Thursday, the government tested swab samples from 36,349 residents of Jharkhand and around 10% of them were found to be infected. So far, up to 1,51,272 people have been infected with the mysterious virus in Jharkhand and 85.47% of them have recovered, government data shows.
In the past two weeks, the infection growth rate has spiked as the doubling rate has plummeted in Jharkhand. As of Thursday, the infection growth rate in Jharkhand was 1.67% against the national average of 0.91%. The doubling rate in the state was 41.85 days compared to the national doubling rate of 76.16 days.
Meanwhile, the state administered the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine to 30,054 people on Thursday, or about 41% of those recorded. The second dose was given to as many as 7,439 people, just 3 percent of the over 2.7 lakh recorded for the jab that day.