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Agartala: In Tripura, over 2,209 travellers have been placed in home quarantine, including 247 international and 1,962 domestic travellers, as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), said health secretary Dr Debashish Basu.

Speaking at a press conference, Basu said that a total of 42 International travellers and two domestic travellers have been kept in quarantine, 247 and 1,962 domestic and international travellers, respectively, in home quarantine across the state. While around 175 people have completed the observation period.

“A total of 2,251 people are kept in either home or quarantine facility as on March 26. The test reports of all the co-passengers who had travelled with the Manipur woman were also found to be negative,” Basu added.

He said that a total of 69 passengers had boarded the flight from Kolkata to MBB Airport in Agartala, in which the Manipur girl who tested positive was travelling. A total of 22 passengers were tested and the reports are awaited.

A meeting was also held on Thursday at Maharajgunj Bazar with the traders’ committee and drug & chemist association where the problems and issues were discussed in presence of the Sadar SDPO and SDM.

“Nodal officers have been appointed to look after the situation and availability of all essential commodities in the market,” Basu said.

He also said all those people involved with the essential services will be provided with special passes for their smooth movement in the state signed by the sub-divisional magistrate. The director-general of police has also assured to pass the guidelines in the grassroots level.

Inspector General of Police GS Rao, who was also present in the press conference, said that no untoward incident was reported across the state on Thursday and adequate forces have been deployed on the ground.

Meanwhile, West Tripura MP Pratima Bhowmik handed over a cheque of Rs 50 lakh from the MP Local Area Development Scheme to be used for purchasing masks, gloves, personal protective equipment (PPE) kits and hand sanitizers for the health staff.

Chief secretary Manoj Kumar in an order said, “It is decided that request for curfew passes can be made through WhatsApp as well as email, giving personal details and purpose for travel.”

“District magistrates and sub-divisional magistrates may notify the WhatsApp number and email-ID for making requests for passes to the home department as well as government departments/ PSUs/ general public. The home department is requested to compile all the WhatsApp numbers and email IDs. Curfew passes can be supplied through WhatsApp and email too, to the concerned persons. The security officers will accept the scanned curfew passes sent on WhatsApp and e-mail,” the order read.

However, the curfew passes are only to facilitate unhindered movement and identification by security forces. The government/PSU employees & other persons allowed under order dated 24.3.2020 for essential services, those on roster duty in government/PSUs and members of general public who are required to move for basic purposes like visit to grocery, vegetable shops, chemists, etc, and for essential and permitted work-related travel, can still move without passes. They are, however, advised to carry some photo identity card.

The Airports Authority of India wrote on Twitter, “Airports are not closed, only scheduled commercial flights are not operating, while emergency, cargo and security flights are still functioning from airports for rescue ops or to provide relief and emergency logistics, including the deployment of disaster management personnel, etc.”

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