Seven doctors, who attended the COVID-19 patient in Tripura, have been shifted to a special quarantine facility Credit: Representational image

Agartala: A day after a 45-year-old woman tested positive for COVID-19, the health department has placed over 108 persons under quarantine, including her relatives, family members, neighbours and the ambulance driver who brought her to the hospital.

Speaking at a press conference, state law minister and cabinet spokesperson Ratan Lal Nath said that the health department has identified all the persons who came in contact with the infected person ever since her return from Guwahati in neighbouring Assam.

“We have placed these people either in home quarantine or in facility quarantine, as per their chances of risk of being infected. A total of 34 neighbours and a person who came to visit her were shifted to institutional quarantine centre. Samples were collected from 17 high-risk persons, including an ambulance driver, and three relatives. Their reports are yet to arrive,” Nath said.

The department’s seven doctors were shifted to a special quarantine facility, who attended her at the hospital. The list also includes 12 relatives and 32 passengers who traveled with her in the train. They were identified and quarantined by Tuesday evening. A total of 18 nurses, paramedics and ward boys have also been placed under home quarantine,” Nath added.

Informing about the travel history of the 45-year-old woman who tested positive on Monday, Nath said that she had a travel history to Guwahati in Assam on March 14.

“The woman visited the Kamakhya temple and stayed till March 18 there and reached Agartala in the early morning on March 19. On April 3, she got herself tested with preliminary symptoms at the Gomati district hospital. After two days, she was taken to ILS hospital in Agartala from where she was referred to GBP hospital. She has been kept in isolation since then,” the minister said.

The patient is stable and admitted to the flu ward of the GBP hospital and is being attended by the medical staff.

The minister also responded to comments made by CPI-M state secretary Goutam Das alleging that the doctors failed to test her while she was admitted to Gomati district hospital. “The CPI-M leader said that the woman was admitted for six days but samples were not taken which does not reflect in the register of the hospital.

“The lady was taken on April 3 for treatment and was later taken to ILS before being brought to GBP hospital, adding that if the CPI-M leader has any record, he can forward the same to the state government for further measures,” Nath said.

He also said that a test cannot be performed in any place other than AGMC hospital as it requires approval and certification from the central authorities.

However, a total of 226 samples have been tested so far, of which one tested COVID-19 positive. Giving the breakup, he said that a total of 157 samples were collected in West Tripura district, 20 in Sepahijala, four in Khowai, eight in Gomati, four in South Tripura, five in Dhalai, seven in Unakoti and 20 in North Tripura.

According to the latest reports, 1,472 persons are under surveillance for COVID-19 in Tripura including 155 at quarantine centres and 1,317 in home quarantine.

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