Tripura sees alarming rise in Covid cases, restrictions extended
Agartala, Jan 19: As Tripura witnessed an alarming rise in the Covid cases over the past few days, the government has decided to extend the restrictions including Night Curfew with effect from January 20.
Now, all shopping malls, cinema halls, multiplex, parks, picnic spots, exhibitions and fairs would remain closed, said Tripura ICA minister Sushanta Chowdhury said.
Briefing media about the cabinet decisions on Tuesday, he said the Covid Night Curfew would now come into force from 8 pm (instead of 9 pm) to 5 pm of the next morning with effect from January 20 while all ongoing religious programmes have to be completed by January 23.
Chowdhury said, "a genome sequencing machine from Germany is on the way to Tripura. It is expected that the machine will reach the state by February next."
In the meantime, four persons died of Covid and 1242 fresh positive cases were detected in Tripura during the past 24 hours.
Tripura has administered total 48,84,132 doses against Covid so far-- 27,08,724 first doses, 21,54,807 doses and 20,601 precaution doses.The positivity rate in Agartala Municipal Corporation areas reached more than 23.15 percent. Expressing his concern over the alarming rise in Covid cases in the AMC areas, the ICA minister appealed to all to strictly follow the Covid guidelines to prevent the spread.
The Covid positivity rate is highest in West Tripura district- 14.21 percent followed by Sepahijala 9.55 percent, Khowai 13.04 percent, Gomati 10.77 percent, South Tripura 8.36 percent, Dhalai 8.01 percent, Unakoti 13.81 percent and North Tripura 4.14 percent.
"The state registered 14 deaths due to Covid in the past one week. The number of active cases in the state at present is 6491. Among them, 6159 patients are under home isolation," Chowdhury said, while appealing to the people to properly maintain Covid appropriate behaviour.
He said, the attendance of the employees in all government offices would be restricted to 50 percent in the AMC. The state government already suspended physical classes upto VII and restricted the attendence of students to 50 per for the upper classes, colleges and universities.
Meanwhile, the Tripura Government has launched a three-day special drive to vaccinate the school children in 15-18 age group commencing from Wednesday. The special drive is being carried out in 734 schools covering all eight districts across Tripura. The target population for this age group is 2.13 lakh.
An official report said, Tripura administered total 48,84,132 doses against Covid so far-- 27,08,724 first doses, 21,54,807 doses and 20,601 precaution doses. As many as 7,62,430 doses were in stock till Tuesday, the report said.