Agartala: A Bangladeshi national was sent back from Akhaura International Check-Post (ICP) in Tripura after he was screened with high body temperature by the medical desk, said director of health and family welfare Radha Debbarma.

Speaking with reporters, Debbarma said that the Bangladeshi national from Chittagong was sent back after the medical desk screened him with high body temperature.

Debbarma also said, “We identified 28 persons, who recently traveled to coronavirus-affected countries. 19 of them have tested negative for the virus. Others haven’t shown any symptoms but are still on self-observation.”

Meanwhile, as part of the ongoing precautions taken against coronavirus, the Tripura government on Wednesday said that it would close down two border haats with Bangladesh for the time being, after Manipur also shut down its border points with Myanmar to prevent a possible spread of the deadly virus.

The health department, in an advisory issued on Tuesday, asked the land custom authorities and the Border Security Force (BSF) to issue directives to all their staff members for following proper hygiene protocols and contain chain of infection, particularly from Bangladeshi immigrants.

“All border haats may be closed for the time being in consultation with Bangladesh authorities. All DMs and collectors should take necessary initiatives for sanitation drives at periodic intervals in all bus/truck terminals, shopping malls, cinema halls, etc. and awareness generation drive may be taken up in those places through audiovisual modes, etc,” the health department advised.

It also advised to set up help sdesk at Dharmanagar Railway station/ISBT/ISTT to create awareness among travelers. Besides, periodical review of the situation may be made through the district surveillance units meeting, it added.

Earlier on February 5, when this EastMojo correspondent visited the Agartala-Akhaura Integrated Check Post (ICP) to see the ground situation, it was found that over 600 passengers and tourists entering India through Tripura were being screened by the health department.

Dr Himani Debnath, a community health officer, said that they are screening people for coronavirus spreading from its epicentre Wuhan in China besides checking passengers crossing from Bangladesh to Agartala.

“We are checking all the passengers and after screening, if we find any symptoms like fever, coughing and breathing difficulty, we advise them to go for home isolation. If they have worse symptoms, then we directly send them to the isolation ward at AGMC hospital,” Dr Debnath added.

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