AGARTALA, July 25 - One more COVID-19 patient � the 11th casualty � has died in Tripura. On the other hand, 106 more positive cases were detected during the past 24 hours. The State�s active cases now stand at 1,627.
A 70-year-old patient hailing from Udaipur in Gomati district was admitted to the GB Pant Hospital here on July 20 with breathing difficulties and chest pain. His swab test confirmed his positive status. The patient was taken to the isolation ward of the hospital, where he died last night.
Meanwhile, the Tripura Government has decided to impose a complete lockdown in the State from July 27 to 30, said Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath at a press conference at the Civil Secretariat here today.
Earlier, in a Facebook post, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb confirmed the new infections and urged the people to remain alert.
Out of the 106 fresh positive cases, 91 were tested through rapid antigen kits. Nine persons contracted the virus from COVID-19 patients. West district has reported the highest number of the new cases with 28, while Gomati has 26 cases.
In view of the spurt in COVID-19 cases, Tripura is all geared up to conduct a Statewide house-to-house survey to identify potential patients. The survey is scheduled to begin on July 27.
�All necessary steps have been taken to conduct the massive drive against the COVID-19 pandemic. Health personnel, ASHAs and Anganwadi workers will be involved in the weeklong exercise. This will give a complete picture of the infection at the grassroot level,� Nath said.
As of now, Tripura has reported 3,781 positive cases, out of which 2,125 have already been released from COVID Care Centres following recovery.
The State with 0.27 per cent fatality rate is in a better position when it comes to the national average of 2.83 per cent. The positivity rate is also less in Tripura (2.86 per cent) in comparison to the national average of 8.36 per cent.
The Tripura Government has decided to turn the State�s premier medical institution � GB Pant Hospital � into a dedicated COVID hospital to treat COVID-19 patients.
Recently, there has been a sharp downfall in the number of outdoor patients visiting the GB Pant Hospital. All the wards of the hospital will be shifted to the IGM Hospital so that non-COVID patients can avail of treatment there.