Agartala, Jun 6 : The Tripura government has decided to adopt some stringent measures to enforce Covid restriction for the citizens with the increasing incidences of positive cases across the state. The state has registered as many as 522 active patients out of 695 positive Covid cases. According to a report, the health officials are facing trouble to bring every suspected and tested case under surveillance, which evoked fear among common citizens.
However, the state government’s spokesperson and education minister Ratan Lal Nath reiterated that Tripura has no instance of community spread of Covid-19 so far. The official sources today stated that Bangladesh Border Guards (BBG) have been posted in the Southern border along with Tripura and Bangladesh following the report that three tribal youths, having citizenship of Bangladesh, were tested positive in Tripura while contact tracing three days ago. A youth had come from Chennai on May 31 last by train and his swab was collected for testing. Meantime, he came to Sindukpathar village of Manubazar in Sabroom along with two others.
Allegedly, one of them is the resident of the village and they stayed a night there and the next day, all three fled to Bangladesh. When the test found one of them positive, health officials tried to contact him over the phone but found it switched off. Later, when they visited the village they came to know that they had crossed the border to the other side. In another bizarre incident at Santirbazar in South Tripura, a Delhi based hawker was shifted to Covid Care Centre here yesterday a few hours before his departure for home town by flight. Reportedly, on June 3 last the man had gone to local hospital for the Covid test, as he had planned to go back home. He thought Covid test report would make his air travel and he volunteered for the test.
His report came negative on June 4 and accordingly he bought an air ticket on June 5 for Delhi. In the evening, the man got a call from the hospital and asked him to go with the test report, and allegedly, once he reached he was informed that he was Covid positive and his report was wrong. Mr Nath said since the number of coronavirus positive cases has increased in the last few days, the state government has decided to test the samples of all the returnees from Delhi, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu. The ICMR guideline allows releasing patients after every 10 days of treatment, but the state government decided to keep the patients under observation for at least 14 days and they would be released only after they become negative in two subsequent tests. (UNI)