The sample of Tripura’s 1st positive patient tested negative for the second time on Monday Credit: Representational image

Agartala: The sample of Tripura’s first COVID-19 positive patient tested negative for the second time, informed chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday.

Taking to Twitter, Deb announced: “In a major development, the test reports of first COVID19 patient of Tripura have come negative for second consecutive time”.

“Health condition of the patient is improving, if the same thing continues, soon she will be shifted to quarantine and will be under surveillance. I believe, with the blessings of Mata Tripurasundari, she will recover very soon. I Pray to Mata Tripurasundari so that the state turns Corona free soon,” Deb wrote.

The state’s first positive case was reported on April 6 after a 45-year-old woman from Gomati district tested positive with travel history to Assam’s Guwahati. Meanwhile, the second case was reported on April 10, after a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawan tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. Both the positive patients have travel history to the same train on April 19.

As per the latest reports of the health department, a total of 10,736 passengers were put under surveillance, of which 10,026 have completed the 14 days’ observational period.

The report also informed that a total of 710 persons are in quarantine, of which 183 are in facility quarantine, while 527 are in home quarantine.

On Monday, 166 new samples were collected making it a total of 563 samples, of which 515 were tested with two positive cases so far in the state.

The department is also likely to conduct random tests in all districts in the next few days using 15,000 rapid antibody kits before sending it to real-time PCR tests on finding anyone having symptoms of COVID-19.

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