AGARTALA, April 7 - The 45-year-old woman, who has been confirmed as the first COVID-19 patient in Tripura, had visited Guwahati and stayed at two hotels � one near the Kamakhya temple and another at Paltan Bazar � from March 15 to 17.
The doctors who are attending on her, suspect she was either infected in Guwahati or while travelling in the Tripureshwari Express from Guwahati to Agartala.
Revealing her travel history, Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath today said the woman, who hails from Udaipur subdivision of Gomati district, had been in Guwahati and returned home on March 19.
�She had developed COVID-19 symptoms in the later part of March and approached the Gomati district hospital on April 3 with cough and fever. As her condition deteriorated, she was taken to the ILS Hospital on April 5, from where she was referred to the GBP Hospital on the same day. On the following day, she tested COVID-19 positive,� the minister said.
Nath, however, said that the woman currently admitted to the GBP Hospital ICU, is responding to treatment and her condition is stated to be stable.
As per the protocol, several persons, including doctors and other medical staff who came in contact with the woman, have been put under surveillance. �Three family members and the driver of an ambulance who are considered to be at high risk have been put under institutional quarantine. The swabs have been collected and the results will be known soon,� the minister said.
Nath said that seven doctors and 18 health workers who attended to the woman before she tested positive, have also been sent to institutional quarantine for 14 days.
The State Government has already released the list of co-passengers in the Tripureswari Express that ran from Guwahati to Agartala on March 18, for screening.
Earlier, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had confirmed the detection of the COVID-19 positive case in the State through a Facebook post last night. �Alert! First #COVID19 positive case detected at Tripura. The patient is from Udaipur. Don't Panic, we are taking proper care of the patient. Stay, Home Stay Safe,� he said in the post.
The Chief Minister also appealed to the co-passengers of in the particular compartment of the Tripureswari Express to report to the nearby hospital if they develop any symptoms.