It may be stated here that the state government had enforced the health safety week on April 22 and extended it further by a week on April 29. Meanwhile, the infection rate, which was at 13% on April 21, rose to 15% on May 3.
Chief Minister Hemant Soren had recently said that the daily spike in cases has stabilised while the number of recovery has improved significantly. Speaking on the issue, Federation of Jharkhand Chambers of Commerce and Industries president Pravin Jain Chhabra said that the prevailing restrictions should be extended by at least a week again.
While saying he is not in favour of a complete lockdown, Chhabra said, “We have to save both lives and livelihood. The industrial sector and construction sectors, which are exempted, do not involve large gatherings like a market place. In any case, each industry is following norms to ensure detection and segregation of infected persons.”
State secretary of the All India Bank officer Confederation also opined that the curbs must be extended. He said, “A complete lockdown will be more effective than the current norms. However, the government should provide basic necessities to the daily wage earners and the poor before going for it. In any case, the prevailing curbs should be extended to keep a Covid cases in control.”
Former general secretary of Ranchi District Bar Association Sanjay Vidrohi said not only should the period of the health safety week be extended but also should the norms be implemented strictly.
Vice president of Jharkhand Police Association Akhileshwar Pandey said, “In my view, a complete lockdown is necessary at the national level. A large number of people are getting infected and they are struggling to get proper treatment.”