AGARTALA, April 2 - All the 26 Tablighi Jamaat attendees from the State who were tracked by the administration during a daylong operation, have tested negative for COVID-19, official sources confirmed today.
However, all of them who have been placed in institutional quarantine now, will undergo a test for the second time, said Secretary of Tripura Health Department Dr Debasish Basu at a press conference here. As many as 26 family members of the Muslim clerics have also tested negative, giving relief to the State gearing up to fight the COVID-19 menace.
As of now, the number of people, who are under quarantine, stands at 7,274. Swabs of 161 individuals tested for COVID-19, were negative.
Dr Basu said the GBP Hospital has already set up a six-bed isolation ward for treatment of COVID-19 patients. The Government also plans to establish a 50-bed isolation ward with all facilities to tide over any unforeseen crisis.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, along with top officials, today interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video conferencing. State Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar and Health Secretary Dr Debasish Basu briefed the Prime Minister on the present scenario and steps taken by the State Government.
Official sources said that the Prime Minister thanked the States for supporting the decision to impose the lockdown, due to which India has achieved some success in limiting the spread of COVID-19.
To increase the availability of doctors, the Prime Minister is understood to have asked the States to tap into the resource pool of AYUSH doctors, organise online training and utilise paramedical staff, NCC and NSS volunteers. Modi said that it is necessary to ensure release of funds to the beneficiaries under the Prime Minister�s Garib Kalyan Yojana to avoid crowding at banks.
The Chief Minister thanked the Prime Minister for his leadership, continuous guidance and support at this time of crisis. Later in the evening, a mock drill on COVID-19 was carried out at the GBP Hospital and the AGMC in the presence of the Chief Minister, who also holds the Health and Family Welfare portfolio.