AGARTALA, March 19 - No positive novel coronavirus case has been detected in Tripura so far, said Family Welfare and Preventive Medicine Director Dr Radha Debbarma today.
Altogether 86 suspected persons, mostly travelling from foreign countries, were placed under surveillance and out of them, 24 have already been released after completion of the quarantine phase, Dr Debbarma said.
�A few persons are still serving the 14-day quarantine time, but there is no report of any positive case of COVID-19 in the State so far,� she said, adding that the department is fully geared up to effectively contain spread of the deadly virus. However, Dr Debbarma confirmed that there has been a shortage of sanitisers and protective masks.
�The hospital authorities have been asked to use soap as much as possible as there is a shortage of sanitisers and other kits. We have already placed orders to procure soaps for hospitals,� Dr Debbarma said. Around 5 lakh leaflets on coronavirus awareness have been distributed and more will be distributed in the days to come, she added.
At the GBP Hospital, medical officers and allied staff are engaged in a complete drive against coronavirus. �We are facing shortage of sanitisers, hand warmers and masks. There is no protective gear to treat a prospective coronavirus patient,� rued a medical officer of the GBP Hospital. At the ILS Hospitals, entry of non-patients has been restricted as a preventive measure.