AGARTALA, Aug 13 - A 40-year-old man having liver infection died of COVID-19 at the GB Pant Hospital here on Wednesday, while 121 new positive cases were reported during the past 24 hours in Tripura. The State�s COVID-19 tally has now risen to 6,639 cases and at present, 1,523 patients are admitted in government-run hospitals.
Meanwhile, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb today called for speedy implementation of development works.
Speaking at a Bhoomi Pujan (ground-breaking) function for two housing projects here, Deb said two of his family members tested positive for COVID-19 a week ago and now, they have tested negative. �I went to quarantine due to this, but I am here before you to launch the projects. If one follows the COVID-19 guidelines properly, the virus will not be as fatal,� he said.
The Chief Minister said the development works have been badly affected since March due to the pandemic and now all should work for more than eight hours to complete the pending works. �We must support the �vocal for local� mantra to become self-dependent and fulfil the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,� Deb said.
The Chief Minister claimed that 80 per cent of the adverse impact of flood had mitigated this year. �There was a perennial problem of flood in the city, especially in the Banamalipur area, my home constituency. This time, the intensity of waterlogging in the city was very less due to the proper drainage system,� he said.
Deb added that the Smart City project works have been making good progress despite the pandemic. �The roads of the city will get a new look within the next six or seven months,� he said.
Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) Mayor Dr Prafullajit Singha, councillor Swapna Dutta, Secretary of Urban Development Kiran Gitte and AMC Commissioner Dr Sailesh Kumar Yadav were also present in the programme.