Agartala: At least 36 children between the age of 5 and 16, along with a few staff living in two orphanages in Agartala, have tested positive for novel Coronavirus in the last 48 hours, an official said on Monday.

The health department had collected swab samples from the minor girls living in the home as a precautionary measure. However, 36 tested positive for the virus, said Dr Radha Debbarma, director of family welfare and preventive medicines.

“32 girls living in Jawaharlal Nehru Balika Niwas and four girls from the government-run Bhasa home tested positive for the virus. All of them were asymptomatic and are currently stable. We have put them in isolation within the home,” Dr Debbarma said.

She also said that the health department asked the other homes to take extra precautionary measures to ensure no children get infected with the virus.

Speaking with EastMojo, Dr Deep Debbarma, state COVID surveillance officer, said that the state government has taken all measures to provide treatment to the infected person.

“In the second wave, children are also testing positive for the virus. We are monitoring the situation, and all the homes have been asked to take measures to avert the spread,” Dr Deep said.

Meanwhile, the West Tripura district has reported 2,263 alone, while the Agartala municipal area reported 1,486 positive cases. Both the homes where 36 children tested positive are in Agartala.

According to data made available to EastMojo, till April 23, from the age group 0-10: 1.95 per cent of children had tested positive, and from the age group of 10-20, 5.56 per cent tested positive for the virus.

Meanwhile, the active cases in the state have now crossed the 4,000-mark at 4,561 with a positivity rate of 5.17 per cent. The death toll increased to 438, with ten new fatalities at a rate of 1.07 per cent in the day.

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