AGARTALA, July 28 - Tripura on Monday reported four COVID-19 deaths after four patients succumbed to their infection at the GB Pant Hospital here. The death toll due to the pandemic has reached 17, which is the second highest among the North Eastern States.
Sources said that three among the four deceased were aged between 70 and 80 years, while the fourth one was 40 years old. �All the four patients came to the hospital late, leading to the fatalities. The 40-year-old man from Melaghar in Sepahijala district reported to the hospital after 20 days of developing fever and cough,� said a senior Health Department official here today.
The four deaths on a single day have occurred at a time when a weeklong house-to-house survey to detect COVID-19 cases is under way across Tripura.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb confirmed the four deaths on his official Facebook page late last night and urged the people of the State and Health workers associated with the survey, to remain calm.
The Chief Minister has urged the people to cooperate with the survey team by giving true information as the survey is meant to give a clear picture of COVID-19 infection at the grassroot level.
�A true picture on the Covid-19 infection is important to draw up a comprehensive plan for the state to battle against the pandemic. Any dilution in the process may appear as fatal for the state,� he added.
Meanwhile, in another Facebook post, the Chief Minister said altogether 4,027 samples were tested during the past 24 hours, out of which 147 tested positive. With the new cases, the total COVID-19 positive cases in Tripura have swelled to 4,079.
As many as 93 patients were also released from COVID Care Centres after testing negative during the last 24 hours.
In a related development, the District Magistrate and the SP of Sepahijala district tested positive for COVID-19 today, sources said. Sepahijala is one of the worst affected districts due to COVID-19.