AGARTALA, April 6 - Six more clerics of the state who attended the markaz in Delhi have tested Covid-19 positive in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi, official sources confirmed today.
All of them are now under treatment and their condition is stated to be critical, said state�s surveillance officer Dr Deep Debbarma while interacting with mediapersons at the Civil Secretariat here.
With today�s development, altogether eight markaz attendees from the state have tested Covid-19 positive.
Earlier, two markaz attendees were diagnosed Covid-19 positive at Bikaner in Rajasthan.
As of now, the state administration has been able to identify as many as 44 clerics of the state who attended the Nizamuddin mosque congregation, a Covid-19 hotspot and returned to the state. Fortunately, none of them tested positive.
�Of the total 44 attendees, 22 were tested again after they tested negative in the first test. The report will be available by tomorrow�, he said.
Dr Debbarma further said the government has decided to take legal action against the markaz attendees who don�t report to the local administration about their travelling history.
The Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Dr Debasish Basu said the state has already geared up to tackle any unforeseen eventuality.
�A specialist team has been constituted to offer treatment to Covid-19 positive patients even as the state remains endemic-free because of proactive steps taken by the government�, he said.
The state has already sought 8,000 PPEs and out of which 600 PPEs have already been received and more are on the way.
�The Central government PSU HLL is overburdened with a steep rise in demand for PPEs because of the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope there will be no shortage of PPEs and other equipment to handle any emergency,� he stated.
Dr Basu added that a technical committee has also been formed to oversee the entire preparations in the battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.
�The state will follow the AIIMS-prescribed treatment protocol in case of any covid-19 positive case,� he added.