AGARTALA, Aug 14 - The COVID-19 death toll in Tripura reached 46 as two more persons succumbed to the disease in the past 24 hours.
The total number of positive cases in the State rose to 6,803 with the detection of 164 new cases during the same period.
After Assam, Tripura is the second worst COVID-19 affected State in the North East.
A 60-year-old resident of Agartala, who had been undergoing treatment at the GB Pant Hospital since August 9, passed away yesterday. Besides COVID-19, he was also suffering from kidney ailments. A 40-year-old female COVID-19 patient from Gomati district, who was suffering from diabetes and high BP, also passed away in the hospital.
According to an official medical bulletin, 103 patients were discharged from medical facilities after testing negative in the past 24 hours. So far, 5,016 patients have recovered and a total of 2,11,591 swab samples have been tested in the State.
Infant death: The death of a three-day-old infant of a COVID-19 patient in the GB Pant Hospital, allegedly due to negligence of a nurse while collecting its swab for test, has created a furore in the Tripura capital.
According to the baby�s parents, it started bleeding from the nose after the swab sample was taken and died shortly thereafter on Wednesday.
The baby�s mother was admitted to the special maternity ward for COVID-19 patients in the hospital five days ago. She gave birth to the baby boy on August 10. The distraught mother claimed that her child was well till his swab was collected.
�Bleeding started soon after the swab was taken. I immediately informed the doctor, but nobody took care of my child,� she alleged.
When contacted, Medical Superintendent Dr Debasish Roy said, �I am not aware of the death of the child due to negligence. Moreover, we have not received any complaint.�
The Tripura Human Rights Organisation (THRO) has expressed grave concern over the death of the child as well as the alleged mismanagement in the GB Pant Hospital�s COVID Treatment Centre.
�The things going on in the GB Pant Hospital, the State�s premier healthcare institute, are unacceptable. We demand an impartial probe into the child�s death,� said THRO secretary Purushottam Roy Barman.