Agartala: Tripura Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Dev Varma on Thursday tested positive for novel coronavirus.

The development comes a day after Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb tested positive for the virus.

Taking to Twitter, Dev Varma wrote, “Today I have tested positive for covid19 and have taken home quarantine. Let’s all keep safe and be safe.”

Dev Varma was also one of the close contacts of the chief minister who tested positive on Wednesday. Both the leaders had participated in election campaigns for the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) and other events even 24 hours before the CM testing positive.

Tripura Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar issued a set of restrictions, including the closure of government gymnasium and government community hall along with the suspension of bio-metric attendance in govt offices.

The order has also made use of sanitiser and wearing of face masks mandatory in public places.

On August 4 last year, two of his family members of the Tripura Chief Minister had tested positive for the virus.

This is the second case of any VIP testing positive for the virus in the second wave of the COVID-19.

In the last 24 hours, a total of 1,134 samples including 261 RT-PCRs and 873 rapid antigens were collected in Tripura. Among them, 21 people, including 4 RT-PCRs and 17 rapid antigens were found to have corona infection.

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