AGARTALA, Aug 22 - Three COVID-19 patients with comorbidities died at the isolation ward of the GB Pant Hospital here on Friday, taking the State�s COVID-19 death toll to 71.
On the other hand, 280 persons tested positive in the past 24 hours, including an employee of the State Assembly.
Earlier, a number of positive cases were reported at the Health Directorate office, the Civil Secretariat and the GB Pant Hospital�s COVID treatment centre. Sources said at least 23 doctors, nurses and medical staff have tested positive. As of now, the State has 1,957 active cases.
Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath today said that Tripura is among the best performing States in the country in the battle against the pandemic despite growing number of infections and deaths in the State.
All four key indicators � positivity rate, tests per million, recovery rate and fatality rate � to assess the performance in the battle against COVID-19 are favourable in the State compared with the national average, he told media persons at the Civil Secretariat here.
While the national positivity rate is 8.69 per cent, in Tripura it is 3.44 per cent.
Similarly, Tripura has conducted 58,879 tests per million against the national average of 24,252 and the recovery rate of the State went up to 74.63 per cent from 72 per cent on Friday. The mortality rate is 0.86 per cent in the State, while the national mortality rate is 1.89 per cent.
�Compared with the national scenario, the State is doing well on all fronts,� Nath said.
The minister said that so far 2,36,000 swabs have been collected for testing, of which 2,35,375 samples have already been tested and 8,371 persons were found to be positive.
Nath said TrueNat machines have been made operational in North, Dhalai and Gomati districts for COVID-19 tests, which would boost the State�s capacity to fight against the virus at the district level.