PATNA: The second wave of Covid pandemic has taken several urban and posh localities of the state capital under its grip, affecting about 1,250 people.
The district administration has deputed 75 teams of health workers to move in every ward and keep watch on crowded places like markets, bus stands, auto stands and malls and ensure use of masks and social distancing.
District magistrate (DM) Dr Chandrasekhar Singh said permissions given earlier for eight public functions at Gyan Bhawan, S K Memorial Hall and other venues were cancelled on Sunday in the light of the state government’s direction issued Saturday.
“The number of beds in the Covid ward of Patna Medical College and Hospital will be increased from 36 to 100 from Monday. Of the 1,550 Covid cases detected in Patna during the second wave, 1,250 were from urban areas thus necessitating regular monitoring and mass awareness campaign,” the DM said.
“Among the worst affected localities are Kankarbagh, Shashtrinagar, S K Puri, Rupaspur, Phulwari and Danapur. Altogether 52 micro containment zones have been created in these areas,” he added.
The Patna Municipal Corporation has been asked to sanitise apartments, houses and lanes falling under the micro containment zones.
The 75 teams of health workers have been assigned to trace the contacts of all positive cases from among their neighbouring flats, houses and offices.
The administration has deputed 20 vehicles with public address system as part of its awareness campaign.
The DM said free tests were being done at 65 places in the district. “The vaccination of 45+ category people is being done at 165 health facilities, including 37 private hospitals, in the district. SDOs and police stations have been asked to ensure restrictions imposed on public gatherings.

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