AGARTALA, Aug 2 - Three more persons, including an infant died of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours in the State, taking the total death toll to 23, official sources confirmed here today.
The victims include a 62-year-old man from Sepahilala district�s Melaghar area, who was admitted in the GBP hospital after he suffered a cardiac arrest, an infant who was born with serious physical complication and a 31-year-old villager of Bikhora in South Tripura district. Sources said, the mother of the infant, who is also a COVID-19 patient is stable.
According to a bulletin released by the Health and Family Welfare department, altogether 14 persons �tested positive with COVID-19 through RTPCR tests and 260 positive cases through Rapid Antigen tests.
The state has registered 5,251 positive cases, while 3,464 patients have recovered from the disease, with fresh discharge of 136 patients from different COVID care centres of the State.
The State government has conducted medical screening on 8, 74,609 households in search of COVID-19 carriers and out of which they indentified 23,869 persons with COVID-19 symptoms- cough, fever and sneezing.
Of the total 23,869 potential carriers of COVID-19, antigen tests were carried out on 19726 persons and only 655 tested COVID-19 positive. As many as 4,143 potential COVID carriers skipped antigen tests on various grounds.
Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath while briefing the media at the Civil Secretariat thanked the survey teams for making the week-long survey a massive success. �Now, the survey teams will trace the contacts of 655 COVID-19 positives identified by antigen tests. Side by side, there will be efforts to convince 4143 persons having COVID like complications to undergo antigen test,� he said.