Enewstime Desk Agartala, May 23, 2020:
16 more COVID19 positive cases were found in Tripura on Saturday and all of them returned from Maharastra recently.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has confirmed the new positive cases on his social media handle. He also appealed all the travellers coming from other parts of the country to strictly follow the quarantine norms.
With the 16 new cases, Tripura has so far reported 191 COVID-19 positive cases, including 161 Border Security Force personnel and their kin, with active cases count of 36.
Earlier in a press conference, Education minister Ratanlal Nath has briefed media about the latest COVID 19 situation.
He said the thermal screening of total 2,76,756 persons has been conducted and 18,721 samples have been tested in the state so far.
At present, total 7323 persons are in-home surveillance and 359 persons are in facility quarantine, he said adding that 159 patients have already recovered and the recovery in Tripura stands at 87.43 per cent as of now.
Addressing media, Nath said as many as 8280 passengers have arrived in the state by seven trains so far.
- 105 to return from Bangladesh on May 28
- 8280 persons arrived in Tripura in seven trains so far
- 7682 persons are in quarantine now
Among them, 1344 persons got down in North Tripura, 337 in Dhalai district and 6599 persons in West Tripura. Total 8265 persons among them are in home quarantine and the remaining 15 are in facility quarantine, he said adding that more 9673 persons had entered through Churaibari Gate during the lockdown.
Meanwhile, the Education minister also said that 105 persons of Tripura who are now stranded in Bangladesh would return through Akhuara Integrated Check Post on May 28 next.
He also said that total 86 ONGC employees had arrived in state Delhi and Mumbai in last two days and joined drilling sites with permission of appropriate authority.
IANS reported, Exodus of people from southern and western regions of India to the northeast region has led to a steep rise in Covid-19 positive cases, especially in Assam, where 115 new cases have been reported in the past 24 hours, taking the state’s total count to 329 on Saturday evening.
According to Assam health officials, of the 115 fresh coronavirus cases, 63 people tested positive since Saturday afternoon. Most of the positive cases found at the Sarusajai stadium, a sports complex turned into a 1,000- bed quarantine zone by the Assam government last month.
Returnees from different parts of the country were kept in quarantine in the Sarusajai centre in Guwahati.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in Guwahati that the sudden rise in corona cases is due to large-scale return of Assam natives to the state after the Home Ministry withdrew the inter-state transport restriction on May 4.
“So far, by train and by road, over 37,000 people, mostly from southern and western India, have returned to Assam while over 12 lakh Assamese are residing in different parts of the country,” the minister said.
According to the minister, of the total of 329 positive cases, 265 are active corona cases being treated in different medical colleges and hospitals.