KOLKATA: The Sarkarpara area behind R G Kar Hospital turned into a Covid-sensitive zone overnight after a positive case was reported on Wednesday evening. While multiple cases had been reported from nearby Belgachhia settlement to the east of RG Kar over the past fortnight, the emergence of suspects in Sarkarpara to the west of the hospital has left local residents shaken. Cops have already sealed the area.
Areas adjacent to R G Kar came under a threat since the first case was reported from Olaichandi Road on the eastern side of the hospital. Another positive case was reported a few days after that from a settlement near Belgachhia bridge. “A few densely populated pockets in the area have become a cause of concern. The dreaded virus will not take long to spread in that case,” said Animesh Nag, a resident of Sarkar Bagan.
While family members of the infected person, a contractual staff working at R G Kar, is at Barasat now, people he had visited in the last few days are also being scanned. “He was seen at a ration shop a few days back. That has triggered fear among the locals who had gone to the same shop,” said Nag.
While three cases were reported from Ward 5 under Sarkar Bagan area, two of them have started showing signs of improvement. “Although one Covid-19 patient died little more than a week back, we were hopeful that the virus has not spread into any of the thickly populated areas,” said Nag. The person who was detected positive on Wednesday is a second R G Kar staffer in the area to be infected by the disease.
On Wednesday night, KMC started sanitising the entire area. With at least three infected persons in the ward, movement restrictions have been enforced in wards 3 and 5 and the lanes that link the affected areas. “Sanitisation continued even on Thursday morning. While we have not sealed the entire area, movement through some of the lanes has now been restricted. One of the Covid-19 positive patient has come back home on Wednesday and another infected person is also back home. That shows a lower mortality rate of the virus,” said Tarun Saha, councillor of Ward 5 and Borough I chairman.
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