AGARTALA, July 29 - The COVID-19 situation continues to be grim in Tripura with four more patients succumbing to the disease at the GBP Hospital here in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 21.
Eight COVID deaths in 48 hours have set the alarm bells ringing in the State administration and the healthcare establishments.
Worried at the situation, Lok Sabha MP Pratima Bhoumik, who heads the Rogi Kalayan Samity of GBP Hospital, today held a meeting with the senior doctors and reviewed the situation.
Confirming the deaths, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said that altogether 222 persons were tested positive for COVID-19, including 76 in West district, 39 in Gomati, 26 in Sepahijala, 22 in Khowai and 21 in North district.
In the post, the Chief Minister said today as many as 6,196 swabs were tested, of which 222 turned out to be positive.
Sepahijala District Magistrate Chandra Kumar Jamatia and Superintendent of Police Krishnendu Chakravertty were among the new patients.
Apart from the two, seven people working at the District Magistrate�s office also tested positive for the disease.
�The DM, SP and some other staff of Sepahijala district administration have been found COVID19 positive. They all have performed commendable works in this fight against COVID-19. I pray to Mata Tripurasundari for the speedy recovery of all infected persons,� Deb said in a tweet. Deb added that 142 patients were discharged from district corona care centres on Tuesday.
As of now, the State has recorded 4,298 positive cases, which is second highest in the Northeast region.
Novel coronavirus infection has proved to be fatal for the aged and patients with comorbidities like cardiac problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney ailment and lung infection.
The four latest COVID deaths in the State were either elderly persons or had serious health complications.
Sensing impending trouble, the State government has already adopted the ICMR prescribed strategy � Trace, Test and Treat � to contain the spread of COVID-19. As part of the strategy, testing has been intensified across the State.
In the past two days, survey teams visited 3,88,782 houses and collected information about health-related issues. Those who agreed to undergo COVID-19 test were tested using rapid antigen kits.
As many as 4,582 survey teams have been carrying out the weeklong survey and 711 testing centres have been opened to speed up testing.
However, the weeklong household survey has suffered because survey teams were not allowed to do their duty at many villages. Survey teams were not even allowed to enter some villages.
The Council of Ministers, which met yesterday took stock of the COVID-19 situation and strongly recommended extension of the lockdown to break the chain of COVID-19. The three-day lockdown across the State is scheduled to end tomorrow.