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Suspected coronavirus patient tests negative in Tripura

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, March 7 - A person, who was placed under observation as a suspected patient of coronavirus here, has tested negative. As part of precautionary measures, the person was admitted to the isolation ward of the GBP Hospital and kept under constant observation after his return from a coronavirus-affected country after January 15.

The person has tested negative, said an official here today.

An on-the-spot coronavirus test facility has been opened at the GBP Hospital, while surveillance has been intensified in the Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport and the Akhaura check-post.

�We are working under the prescribed guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The Health Department is ready to meet any eventuality. There is no need to panic over coronavirus rumours,� the official added.

Meanwhile, people have been rushing to medicine shops to buy protective masks amid a steep hike in the price of N-95 masks. The cost of a N-95 mask has gone up from Rs 150 to Rs 450 as the stocks are getting exhausted quickly, said a chemist.

Earlier, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had issued an advisory to the State to take all precautionary measures to avoid the possible spread of coronavirus.

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