AGARTALA, Aug 18 - Three more COVID-19 patients died in Tripura during the last 24 hours, taking the death toll in the State to 62. Meanwhile, the viral infections continue to rise with 204 more positive cases reported during the same period.
As of now, Tripura has 1,939 active patients, while 5,404 patients have recovered in course of treatment. As many as 118 patients were released from various COVID Care Centres today. The latest COVID-19 tally stands at 7,408.
The State�s positivity rate has touched 3.26 per cent, while the recovery rate stands at 75.01. The mortality rate is still 0.86 per cent.
Till date, 3,738 persons have been placed under surveillance, out of whom 193 are in facility quarantine. As many as 2,22,403 samples have been collected for COVID-19 tests, out of which 2,21,357 samples have been tested till date.
Meanwhile, the number of non-COVID deaths in the GB Pant Hospital here has come down since March. The State�s premier healthcare institution used to record 325 to 350 deaths every month till last year, and now it has come down by around 25 to 50 deaths. As many as 307 deaths were reported in the hospital in November and 327 in December last year. The figures stood at 389 in January, 329 in February, 258 in March, 244 in April, 202 in May, 196 in June and 232 in July.
�The fall in the number of non-COVID deaths can be attributed to the fact that sick people are not visiting the GB Pant Hospital, fearing infection. Affluent patients rush to other private hospitals or clinics for treatment. That may be the reason for the lesser number of non-COVID deaths,� said a senior physician here today.
Another medical practitioner said, �The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a major change in our lifestyle. People are concentrating on to boosting their immune system to fight against diseases. A sizeable number of people go for walks or do physical exercises or yoga to remain fit, apart from showing restraint in consuming junk or spicy food. All these good habits may be the reason behind the reduction in non-COVID deaths in the GB Pant Hospital.�
Not only in the GB Pant Hospital, less numbers of non-COVID deaths have been reported from other district and subdivisional hospitals too, added a senior Health Department official here.