AGARTALA, May 2 - In a fresh development, two BSF jawans posted in Dhalai district have tested positive for COVID-19. They have since been shifted to the GB Pant Hospital here.
With the detection of the new COVID-19 cases, the tribal-dominated Dhalai district is likely to be marked as a Red Zone.
The information about the two BSF jawans having been diagnosed as COVID-19-positive was revealed in a tweet from Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today.
Highly-placed BSF sources said that one jawan, who was on leave, had returned from Sivasagar district of Assam on March 11. He went to the Gandacherra Subdivisional Hospital on April 25, but was sent to the Dhalai District Hospital at Kulai on Friday along with another BSF jawan, who was an attendant. They were sent to the GB Pant Hospital last night as they looked unwell. As many as 68 BSF jawans who came in touch with the two jawans in the Gandacherra camp of the BSF range at Ambassa have been sent on quarantine.
Having studied the symptoms after tests, doctors in the GB Pant Hospital concluded that the jawans are suffering from COVID-19. The doctors, however, refused to speak to media persons, but the administrative authority of the GB Pant Hospital said that the two jawans had been institutionally quarantined, and that their treatment was on.
Meanwhile, the entire medical and paramedical staff of the Dhalai District Hospital at Kulai as well as other auxiliary employees have been quarantined.
It may be mentioned here that six out of the eight districts of Tripura in the Green Zone, while only two � Gomati and North Tripura � are in the Orange Zone. But the status of Dhalai district may now change to Red Zone.
Two earlier COVID-19 patients were released in April after quarantine and necessary treatment.