AGARTALA, June 27 - COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Tripura with 36 new cases reported last night.
Despite the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the silver lining is that the recovery rate in the State has touched 81.47 per cent, which is much better than the national average of 58.18 per cent. Tripura ranks second in the country in terms of the recovery rate with Meghalaya topping the list with 89.36 percent.
The detection of the new cases took Tripura�s tally to 1,331. Fifteen of the new patients are from Gomati district, 14 from South district, three each from Sepahijala and West districts and one from Dhalai.
�Out of 1,021 samples tested for COVID-19, 36 people found positive. Among them 34 people have travel history & 2 are contacts of COVID-19 patients,� Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said in a Facebook post last night.
In another development, 31 COVID-19 patients have been released from the COVID Care Centres after they tested negative.
As of now, 5,922 persons have been put under home quarantine and 595 persons were sent to facility quarantine. To date, 61,204 swab samples have been collected, of which 60,164 samples were tested.
Tripura recorded its first COVID-19 death on June 9 when a person with other underlying health conditions passed away at the GB Pant Hospital here.
To check spread of the infection, the State Government has made testing of inbound air passengers for COVID-19 mandatory.
Earlier, the Government had adopted the 5:1 formula for testing, but it was reversed after many air passengers were found positive. Although no official order was passed regarding train passengers, Health officials were asked to test as many train passengers as possible.
A PTI report adds: Most of the COVID-19 patients in Tripura have travel history and there is no community transmission of the disease in the State so far, Health officials said. All the Border Security Force jawans who were afflicted with the disease have recovered, Education Minister and Cabinet spokesperson Ratan Lal Nath said, adding that there are 19 containment zones in the State.