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Tripura COVID-19 scene grim, 7 more die of infection

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, Sept 3 - The overall COVID-19 situation in Tripura continues to be alarming with seven more deaths and 588 new positive cases reported during the past 24 hours in the State.

The COVID-19 death toll has mounted to 125, which is the second highest in the North Eastern States after Assam. Tripura�s total virus tally has reached 13,290, according to an official release issued here today.

The Tripura West district has emerged as the new epicentre of COVID-19 infection in the State, with the maximum deaths (four) being reported from the district during the past 24 hours.

As many as 29 people have succumbed to COVID-19 in the past four days. As many as 69 of the total casualties of 125 in the State have been reported from West district alone.

Meanwhile, the State Health Department has started tests on a massive scale to detect positive cases in the 10 wards under the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) since the past three days. The capital city registered 238 positive cases, including 207 through rapid antigen tests and 31 through RT-PCR, in the last 24 hours.

As part of the precautionary measures, antigen tests are being conducted extensively in all the seven major markets and the residential areas in the affected zones of the AMC.

Majority of the positive patients in the city have been placed under home isolation due to inadequate health facilities in the government hospitals.

The GB Pant Hospital here has been facing difficulties in treating patients admitted to the dedicated COVID treatment centre. �Although the seat capacity has been increased, more and more patients are coming in. There is an acute resource constraint,� admitted a senior doctor of the hospital.

Due to the spike in the virus cases, the recovery rate of Tripura has come down to 63.24 per cent, while the positivity rate shot up to 4.55 on Wednesday.

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