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Curfew in Tripura during lockdown

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, March 24 - A day after bringing Tripura under lockdown to prevent the outbreak of novel coronavirus, the State Government has clamped a �lockdown curfew� to restrict public movement.

The lockdown curfew under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 came into effect from 5 pm today and will continue till March 31. However, essential services will not come under the purview of the lockdown curfew.

The steps taken by the State Government needed to be further strengthened and streamlined for total control of the pandemic situation and break the chain of transmission of the COVID-19 virus, said Tripura Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar today.

Speaking to media persons at the Civil Secretariat, he said that no positive case of COVID-19 has been reported in the State so far. A total of 417 persons were screened for coronavirus in the State. The 47 persons who were placed under quarantine have tested negative, which is a relief for all of us,� Kumar said.

The State Government has opened State-level and district-level control rooms to meet any eventuality. �A six-member team has been formed to treat any coronavirus-positive case. The team is well connected with a specialist team working from the AIIMS, New Delhi,� he said.

Kumar also stressed the need to seal the Indo-Bangladesh border for the safety of both sides. �The BSF and other agencies have been asked to ensure that no one from across the border enters the State,� he said.

Dr Deep Debbarma, the State surveillance officer, confirmed whisking away of a passenger from the MBB Airport on March 21, who had tested positive after arrival at Imphal. The 23-year-old is now under complete isolation.

�We have received information about whisking away of a 23-year-old girl, who landed here from London via Kolkata. The State surveillance team has already reached out to 11 passengers on the same flight and their tests will be conducted tomorrow,� he said.

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