AGARTALA, May 5 - The Dhalai district of Tripura has been declared a Red Zone, while three places of the district including the headquarters of the 138th Battalion of the BSF, have been notified as containment areas following the outbreak of COVID-19, said Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath last night.
As many as 14 BSF jawans, including one head constable, have tested positive for COVID-19 and all of them have been admitted to the dedicated COVID-19 facility at the GB Pant Hospital here.
Nath was briefing media persons at the Civil Secretariat on the COVID-19 status in Tripura, which has got graded relaxation during the third phase of the ongoing lockdown.
There is no need to panic as all possible precautionary measures have been taken to contain the disease, the minister said, adding that the best possible treatment is being given to the COVID-19 patients.
Till date, 572 people have been home-quarantined, while 128 are under institutional quarantine. Of the total collected samples of 5,611, 5,394 test results have been received. Only 17 COVID-19 positive cases have been found so far out of whom two have already got cured.
Meanwhile, many people from the State like migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and others are stranded across the country due to the nationwide lockdown declared to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tripura Government has already started the process to bring back the stranded people, and engaged seven senior officials for this purpose.
Similarly, the State Government has decided to send back 33,000 migrant workers to their respective States from Tripura, largely by train. For sending back these migrant workers, the Tripura Government on Monday formed a team consisting of four top officials.
As per information received from the Chief Minister�s Twitter handle, there are more than 33,000 migrant workers who are currently staying in various parts of Tripura. Most of these migrant workers are from Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and West Bengal.