AGARTALA, May 31 - Eleven persons, who returned from Chennai, tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura today.
With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases has increased to 107 in the State, even though there has been no community transmission yet.
�810 samples have been tested for #COVID19 in Tripura since last night, out of which 11 people found #POSITIVE. All of them have returned from Chennai,� Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said in a Facebook post.
COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Tripura ever since stranded people started returning to the State by special trains. Most of the COVID-19 patients have returned from Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai and Bangladesh.
Speaking to mediapersons, the Chief Minister said the people are now on alert against COVID-19 and properly following the safety norms.
�Besides, the newly-formed local committees are also working actively in the fight against the novel coronavirus,� he said.
�The Health Department is doing its best. I congratulate all frontline warriors, right from doctors to cleaning staff, for their efforts in the fight against COVID-19,� the Chief Minister said.
He said the recovery rate in Tripura is good. �The samples of all returnees from Bangladesh and Maharashtra are being tested. Besides, samples of a good number of Chennai returnees have also been tested,� he said.
Deb said the State will receive more testing kits shortly and the government is contemplating to test all those who return to the State from outside. The current testing ratio in Tripura is 5:1.
On Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga�s letter on settlement of Brus in Jampui Hills, the Chief Minister said, �Anybody can write letter but the decision will have to be taken by the Government of the respective State.�
�The Bru settlement was a long-pending issue and finally it came to an end under the leadership of Modi ji. They will be resettled in the State very soon. The State Government will decide where to resettle them,� he added.