AGARTALA, July 16 - A COVID-19 patient, who was admitted to the GB Pant Hospital here in a critical condition, died last evening. This has taken the death toll in Tripura due to the viral disease, to three.
The 35-year-old resident of Bidyabil area of Khowai district, who showed severe respiratory distress, was first admitted to the Khowai District Hospital on Wednesday morning. A COVID-19 test was conducted on him immediately, which came out positive. The patient, who was a driver by profession, was then rushed to the GB Pant Hospital, but he breathed his last later in the evening.
Sources said though the deceased had no travel history, he might have come into contact with infected persons. �We have already begun contact tracing of the deceased as part of the COVID-19 protocol,� said an official today.
Meanwhile, 98 persons were confirmed COVID-19 positive after tests on a total of 3,812 samples. The total number of active cases in the State is now 669. Most of the positive cases have been reported from Gomati (25), North (20), Sepahijala (15) and West (12) districts.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb confirmed the 98 new cases in a Facebook post last night. He added that 66 COVID-19 patients were released after testing negative.
Tripura has so far registered 2,213 positive cases, out of which 1,602 have already recovered. The recovery rate stands at 73.82 per cent and the mortality rate is 0.09 per cent.
As of now, 194 persons are quarantined in facility centres and 4,766 persons are home-quarantined. Till date, 87,765 samples have been collected for tests. Antigen tests have been made mandatory before being admitted to any government hospital. The step has been taken after a few inpatients tested positive, triggering fears among doctors, nurses and other staff.
Meanwhile, a total lockdown will come into effect in the State�s border areas from tomorrow in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19. Lockdown curfew is already in force in the entire State from 9 pm to 7 am.