AGARTALA, April 8 - No new positive case of COVID-19 has been reported in Tripura after the detection of the first patient on Monday. Meanwhile, the condition of the 45-year-old patient, who is admitted to the isolation ward of the GBP Hospital, is stable, sources said.
As of now, as many as 257 tests for COVID-19 have been carried out in the State and only one positive case has been detected so far. Altogether 1,150 people with travel history are still under surveillance, stated a report released by the Tripura Health and Family Welfare Department here today.
It said that over 10,000 passengers and travellers were put under surveillance, but as many as 9,258 of them have already completed their 14-day quarantine period.
Reports from Gomati district said that the district administration has already sealed the Gakulpur area, covering a distance of 1 km, as the first COVID-19 patient hails from this locality. Additional security forces have been deployed so that people cannot go out of the sealed area till further notice.
Sources said that the number of beds in the isolation wards for COVID-19 has been increased to 20. Besides, stocks of PPE and other gear for handling COVID-19 patients have been increased with the Centre keeping ready supply of essential items.
In an encouraging development, the NITI Aayog has also agreed to provide Rs 7 crore to set up a dedicated ICU for COVID-19 treatment in the State, while the North Eastern Council has promised to sanction Rs 3 crore for this purpose.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has appealed to people to come forward for tests at healthcare facilities if they develop any COVID-19 symptoms.
In a Facebook post, the Chief Minister urged the people to report to nearby hospitals if they develop any symptoms of the disease. �The government will not hesitate to take legal action under Disaster Management Act if anybody is found cancelling covid-19 positive symptom. Stay home & Stay safe,� he said.