AGARTALA, July 24 - Tripura recorded yet another COVID-19 death after an elderly person, who was admitted to the GB Pant Hospital here on July 19, died last night. With this, the COVID-19 death toll in the State has risen to ten. Besides, 206 new positive cases were confirmed after the testing of 4,473 swabs during the past 24 hours.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb confirmed the latest COVID-19 death and detection of 206 new novel coronavirus infections in the State. Of the total 206 cases, 136 were detected through use of antigen kits.
The Sepahijala district reported the maximum 61 cases during the past 24 hours, while Gomati and West districts recorded 46 and 33 cases respectively.
Tripura has so far reported 3,661 positive cases, out of whom 2,070 have already been cured. Currently, the active cases stand at 1,574.
While the national positivity rate is 8.12 per cent, the State�s positivity rate is 2.80 per cent. However, the State�s recovery rate (60.04) is less than the national rate of 62.94 per cent.
Meanwhile, briefing media persons here, Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath today said the Tripura Government has decided to conduct a door-to-door survey to identify persons who are suffering from cough, sneezing, fever and breathing problem, from Monday next.
Health workers will conduct the survey to identify people with influenza-like symptoms and collect samples for COVID-19 tests, he said.
If the situation slips out of control, the Government will impose a complete lockdown for a long term, the minister said,.
Nath added that the Government has already asked the Health Department to prepare for plasma therapy to treat COVID-19 patients.