Agartala: In a move to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, Tripura government on Tuesday announced a fresh lockdown in the bordering areas of the state, said law minister Ratan Lal Nath.
Speaking in a press conference, Nath said that a week-long ‘total lockdown’ will remain in force in 1-km radius of Indo-Bangla international border in rural areas and half-a-kilometre area in urban areas from July 17.
“The state government was compelled to make some strong decisions. It has come to the notice of the state government that there is some spread of COVID-19 in border areas of the state which has posed a major threat to public health, hygiene and safety of the people”, Nath said.
He also said that there is a large scale spread of COVID-19 in the population which is likely to cause loss of human lives.
“The chief secretary as per the decision of the state government has issued an order announcing total lockdown in the bordering areas of the state. No movement of individual and public transport would be allowed for seven days in the lockdown areas”, Nath added.
He also said that the district administration will demarcate the areas of lockdown and put markers of easy identification so that people from outside get to know the lockdown prevailing in the area.
“The grocery, bank and health services will be exempted from the restrictions and after seven days of observation on the lockdown, further decisions would be taken by the state government. No official meeting would be allowed with more than 20 participants”, Nath said.
Speaking further he said that a standard operating procedure (SOP) would be released for the government offices and people to confine the virus. Visitors will be allowed to visit the government offices and prior appointment.
Tripura shares 856-km-long international border with neighbouring Bangladesh, of which around 67 km area is unfenced.