Agartala: The Tripura health department has identified 26 persons who had direct contact and attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz earlier last month.
Addressing a press conference, health secretary Dr Debashish Basu said that 72 persons, including the family members of those who attended the congregation at the Nizamuddin Markaz, were taken into facility quarantine.
“We took the samples of all the people who attended the congregation in Delhi. The reports of the 54 samples have come negative and the rest are pending,” Basu said.
He also said that on Wednesday 11 persons from a local mosque were taken into quarantine facility since they had come from Assam and might have travelled to Delhi earlier in March.
“We traced another 12 persons who had also taken part in the Tablighi Jamaat’s congregation in Delhi and their samples have been sent for test. We are waiting for the reports of the rest of the samples,” Basu added.
The second round of samples was taken on Thursday from all those who are kept in facility quarantine.
Basu also informed that a 60-bedded special ward in the new building of the IGM premises has been set up and that would be ready to deal with any case of COVID-19 in the state.
Meanwhile, the nodal officer for COVID-19 Dr Deep Debbarma said people from West Tripura district have been kept in facility quarantine, while those from Unakoti and North district are kept in home quarantine.
The samples are being tested at the Agartala Government Medical College’s COVID-19 examination centre.
In Tripura, so far, the health department has tested over 161 samples till Thursday and all the reports have reported COVID-19 negative. A total of 7,274 people are currently in quarantine, while 2,133 have completed the surveillance period.