AGARTALA, June 9 - With the COVID-19 positive cases rising in Tripura, the State Government has declared 29 areas as containment zones to stop the spread of the virus.
Sepahijala and North districts have the highest number of containment zones with each district accounting for eight. In Dhalai district where a major COVID-19 outbreak was reported in the BSF headquarters, the number of containment zones has been reduced from six to three as no new case has been reported in the last 28 days.
Revealing the Tripura Government�s strategy to break the transmission chain of the novel coronavirus, Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath today said Gomati and West districts have five and two containment zones respectively, while Unakoti and Khowai have no containment zone yet.
As per the guidelines, people of containment zones are not allowed to go out of their homes unless there is a medical emergency. Six barricades and two naka points have been established in every containment zone to impose the restrictions. Security personnel have been deployed to maintain strict vigil and Health workers conduct COVID-19 tests if anybody living in the containment zone develops symptoms like cough, fever and sneezing.
The minister further said that the Government plans to conduct COVID-19 tests on all the returnees to the State. The move assumes significance keeping in mind the detection of COVID-19 positive cases among those who had returned from outside the State by train, air and road transport.
Of the total 607 active COVID-19 cases in the State, returnees from Chennai account for them 312, while Mumbai and Delhi returnees account for 85 and 52 respectively. �The Government wants to conduct COVID-19 tests on all the returnees in a phased manner to check the spread of the virus, Nath said.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had confirmed 38 new COVID-19 positive cases last night. The total number of COVID cases now stand at 645, prompting the Government to expand treatment facilities. At present only one dedicated COVID treatment centre is operational in the State. Two COVID care centres are functional in West Tripura district with more coming up elsewhere.