*Image showing Nitin Madan Kulkarni

Nitin Madan Kulkarni, Secretary, Health Department and  Amitabh Kaushal, Secretary, Department of Disaster Management jointly addressed the media at Project Bhawan on Thursday and shared the state government's action taken details in Jharkhand to combat COVID -19.

Kulkarni, Secretary said that red, orange and green zones of all states have been issued by the Government of India. In Jharkhand, Ranchi has been kept in the Red Zone, while nine other districts have been kept in the Orange Zone. 

While the remaining districts have been placed in the Green Zone. According to the instructions of the Central Government, if no Corona positive case will be detected in the district which is in the Orange Zone for 21 days, then it will be put in the Green Zone.

Kulkarni said that a total of 33 containment zones have been set up in the state, of which 15 are in Ranchi. 

Lockdown is being strictly followed in these containment zones, he claimed. No one is allowed to go out from these places nor is anyone allowed inside. 

He informed that every possible effort is being made by the Health Department to prevent Corona Virus in the state. The face mask, PPE kit is available in sufficient quantity in the state. It has also been made available in sufficient quantity to each district. 

Also, buffer stock has been kept at the centre so that it can be made available to the concerned as per requirement. He informed that 4 testing centers are operating for Covid-19 test in the state.  

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*Picture shows Chief Minister Hemant Soren holding a video conference with people's representatives to apprise them of action taken by the state government and request them to act in order to serve the affected people including stranded labour who were going to return. "We are going to provide them jobs under MNREGS", said CM.

Laboratories are also being set up in 3 medical institutes of the state, which will be ready soon. Along with this, ICMR is also working to allow some private centers to conduct Covid -19 tests. 

Where people who want to get their own test done, they can get it done, Kulkarni said adding that though there are 84 active cases of corona in the state, the death rate of the state is 2.80%. "There are 206 ventilator beds available in the state so that patients can be looked after properly", he said.

Kaushal, on the other hand, informed that arrangements are being made to bring back the stranded people outside the state as per the instructions of the Central Government.

Preparations are being made for their movement according to the criteria issued by the central government. In the video conferencing with the central government, it has been said by other states that the facility of the bus will not be sufficient to bring back those people who are stuck in distant states, so the state governments have suggested the central government to run some special trains in this regard. 

The states which are adjacent to Jharkhand, preparations are being made to send buses to bring back the stranded persons. 

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