Tripura reported its second case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease on April 10th, 2020, taking the State tally to two so far.
The 32-year-old patient is a trooper in the 13th Battalion of Tripura State Rifles (TSR), the state’s counter-insurgency force.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said in a tweet that the trooper is from Madhya Pradesh and currently staying at Damcherra. The trooper went to meet his family in Madhya Pradesh and returned to his camp on March 21st, 2020.
Tripura’s COVID-19 Nodal Officer Deep Kumar Debbarma told media persons that the jawan was one of the co-passengers of the train in which the first COVID-19 positive patient of the state came from Guwahati to Agartala.
The state’s health department traced him, collected his samples which was found positive. Debbarma informed that the trooper would be kept in the isolation ward of the GB Pant Hospital.
The other TSR personnel in the camp will be put in quarantine and samples will be collected and send for testing. The Nodal Officer informed that the first COVId-19 patient is recovering.
“Don’t Panic, we are taking all possible measures to keep everyone secure. Stay Home Stay Safe and Co-operate with Government,” Deb further wrote.
Essential Services Management Act
Tripura has implemented the Essential Services Management Act (ESMA) in public interest amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
“In order to better manage COVID-19 outbreak in the interest of citizens, from today the Government has implemented the Essential Services Management Act (ESMA) with immediate effect in Tripura,” Deb wrote on his Facebook page.
The Tripura Chief Minister also mentioned that only secretary and above ranking officials are allowed to speak to media to avoid any misinformation regarding COVID-19.
“We have decided that henceforth in all government departments officials of Secretary level and above are allowed to speak with media so that no misinformation get released,” he added.
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