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16 more cases in Agartala

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, June 23 - As many as 16 new COVID-19 positive cases were detected in Tripura during the past 24 hours, taking the total active cases in the State to 453.

Altogether 782 patients have already been discharged from hospitals, while 853 persons are now in facility quarantine. The number of home-quarantined people stands at 5,549.

Meanwhile, the recovery rate has increased from 22.83 percent recorded on June 9 to 63.84 per cent registered last night.

The development has given much relief to the Government and other frontline workers grappling with the pandemic since March last. Briefing media persons here today, Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said the COVID-19 recovery rate has been increasing since June 15. �While the national average stands at 53 per cent, ours is 63.84 per cent, much better than the national average. This has been possible due to all-out efforts made by the Health Department and all other stakeholders,� he maintained.

The COVID-19 mortality rate has also improved in the past few days despite new infections. �The mortality rate is .08 per cent, which is the seventh best in the country,� he said.

Nath added that only 437 COVID-19 patients have been admitted to dedicated COVID treatment centres and dedicated COVID Care Centres so far. Currently, the State has 1,311 beds for COVID-19 patients.

However, the State is likely to witness a spurt in COVID-19 positive cases after passenger train service resumed on Monday. Ninety per cent of the COVID-19 positive cases detected in the State so far were returnees from outside the State and foreign countries.

�We are ready to meet any eventuality in the battle against the pandemic. The State has increased its health care facilities during the past two months with help from the Central Government,� a Health Department official said.

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