AGARTALA, April 23 - Ten persons of a household in Aralia locality on the outskirts of the Tripura capital were placed under institutional quarantine after a Bangladesh national, who had stayed there for a brief period, tested positive for COVID-19 in the neighbouring country.
Swabs of the ten individuals, including the house owner, one Sital Gope, were collected by a medical team on Thursday, but the reports are still awaited. Besides, two workers of a bakery unit run by Gope, and their family members have been put under home quarantine.
According to information available, the Bangladesh citizen, a woman, stayed at Gope�s house from January 28 to April 6. She returned to her native place at Brahmanbaria in Bangladesh through the Akhaura ICP on April 7 and was taken to a local hospital on her arrival there.
On April 22, the woman tested positive for COVID-19 and was taken to institutional quarantine at the Bijoynagar Upzilla Hospital in Brahmanbaria district, close to Agartala.
Soon after the information went viral on the social media, the Tripura Government swung into action and a district surveillance team rushed to Aralia. Gope�s house at Aralia was sealed and all occupants of the house were taken to institutional quarantine last night.
When contacted, State Surveillance Officer Dr Deep Debbarma today said that as per the standard norms, the ten occupants of the house were quarantined and the local people have been urged to strictly follow the lockdown rules.
Only two positive cases have been detected in Tripura so far. One patient has already been released from the hospital, while the second patient is also recovering.
Meanwhile, the State Government has decided to engage the Tripura State Rifles (TSR) along the Indo-Bangladesh border as a second line of defence to prevent any infiltration from across the border. The decision was taken in view of the rapid spread of coronavirus in Brahmanbaria district of Bangladesh during the last few days.