AGARTALA, July 18 - Tripura has reported 118 new positive cases of COVID-19 during the last 24 hours. The total COVID-19 positive cases have reached the 2,498 figure (with 796 active cases) in Tripura, according to the latest data released by the State Health Department. As of now, Tripura has 69 containment zones.
Meanwhile, the Tripura Government is contemplating on using plasma therapy to treat COVID-19 patients, said Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath today.
While briefing media persons at the Civil Secretariat here, the minister said the proposed introduction of plasma therapy was discussed in a meeting of the Council of Ministers, but no decision has been taken yet. �Necessary facilities need to be built before the introduction of plasma therapy to treat COVID-19 patients. The Government is looking into all aspects,� he said.
Nath pointed out that the State�s COVID-19 situation is between Stage I and State II. The Government is making constant efforts to prevent Stage II. The minister said that COVID-19 testing would be intensified in the days to come. Today, as many as 5,317 samples were collected and this will grow in the near future, Nath said.
Of the total 118 new positive cases, 97 persons tested positive in antigen tests which were carried out in a sporadic manner. Seventeen persons with air travel history are among the infected persons.
In a Facebook post, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb confirmed the new cases in the State. The Gomati district has the highest number of positive cases, followed by Dhalai and West districts.
On Friday, the Rajdhani Express from New Delhi arrived at the Agartala Railway Station with 404 passengers and all of them were put to rapid antigen tests. Eleven of the passengers tested positive.
Altogether 1,684 patients have recovered so far and 49 patients were discharged yesterday.