AGARTALA: Two days after imposing 24-hour COVID-19 curfew across the Agartala Municipal Corporation and six other civic bodies, Tripura government on Tuesday announced “corona night curfew” in the rest of the state from May 19 to May 26. The curfew hours will be effective 6 pm to 5 am each day.
Cabinet spokesperson and education minister Ratan Lal Nath said the decision was taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 in other parts of Tripura.
“The corona night curfew will remain effective across Tripura from May 19 till May 26, between 6 pm to 5 am everyday. In Agartala and six other areas, the prohibitory order shall remain enforced round-the-clock,” Nath said.
The Tripura government has also decided to suspend inter-district movement from May 20 to May 26, with exception for those engaged in essential and emergency services.
“A detailed copy of the order will be issued by the state government on Wednesday,” Nath said.
Nath told EastMojo that the health department conducted a total of 94,668 tests in May alone, out of which 6,555 people tested COVID-19 positive, with a positive rate of 6.92 percent.
“In the month of May, the West district alone has reported 3,673 positive cases with a positive rate of 11.22 percent, followed by Unakoti with 7.92 percent, Khowai 5.59 percent, Sepahijala 4.97 percent, 4.75 percent, Dhalai 4.47 percent, South 4.12 percent and North 3.56 percent,” Nath said.
On Sunday, May 16, the Tripura government announced a 10-day curfew in Agartala and declared 8 areas as containment zones in view of the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in the state.
Tripura has a total of 41 COVID care centres across the state, including two hospitals —Govind Ballabh Pant (GBP) hospital and Tripura Medical College (TMC) — to cater to the needs of COVID-19 positive patients.
While the centres have a capacity of of 2,717 beds, the state government has plans to start three additional COVID care centres with an added capacity of 500 beds in other parts of Tripura, Nath said.