Agartala, June 7: Despite a slight downfall in the Covid positive graph- 4.05 percent in Tripura, a total of 164 Covid deaths in 36 days, has emerged a major cause of concern in the battle against the second wave of Covid pandemic.
In the last 24 hours, the state has witnessed six more Covid deaths and 654 positive cases in the state taking the total number of active cases to 5686. Most significantly, altogether 79 Covid deaths in last ten days have sent an alarming message to the medical fraternity.
Worried by the growing fatality, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who is also the Minister of Health & Family Welfare, has had a marathon meeting with the senior doctors and urged the doctors to reduce Covid fatality at the earliest.
According to experts, the delta variant, found in 60 percent of the Covid patients, has been contributing to growing deaths. "It spreads rapidly in human bodies and destroys lungs very fast. Besides, its killing instinct is dangerous for those who have aged and suffering from life threatening diseases like cancer, diabetics and kidney malfunction", said an Asst Professor of Agartala Govt Medical College (AGMC) here today.
He said the state has sufficient facilities from ventilators to oxygen cylinders and ICU beds with trained doctors to battle against the Covid-19 pandemic. "Sometimes, the patients report to us very late giving a little chance to save their lives. Survival chance is good even in case of a moderate patient afflicted with delta variant if gets admitted in hospital. We suggest the patients arrive at hospital if the condition continues to get deteriorate", he explained.
He further said if the Covid positive graph and fatality continue to reduce for the next two weeks in the state then one could say the intensity of delta variant is weakened. "Now, the state's overall Covid situation is at a crucial stage. It may worsen or improve. The people's behavior is also a key factor in containing the spread of Covid pandemic", he said.
So far, out of a total 38 lakh population, 16.36 lakh people including frontline workers have been vaccinated so far. Interestingly, the number of second doses in a relatively young group is less apparently due to storage of shots. Now, the second dose is given only after 84 days; earlier it was after 42 days of receiving the first dose.