Agartala: With the Union ministry of health and family welfare classifying districts of the country into three different zones — red, orange and green — to fight the novel coronavirus aka COVID-19, Tripura has got two of its districts in the ‘non-hotspot districts with clusters’ category (orange).
Speaking at a press conference, Tripura nodal officer Dr Deep Kumar Debbarma said that Tripura’s Gomati and North Tripura districts have been marked among the list of 207 non-hotspot districts with clusters across India.
The classification is being done based on the number of cases reported from a particular area under a district. The ‘red zone’ hotspot districts have large outbreaks (123 districts) and hotspot districts with clusters (47 districts).
In a letter, the health ministry has requested that states should utilise the extended lockdown period to the maximum extent to convert the hotspots (red) to orange and in turn green zones.
“Containment operation would be deemed over when there is no case reported in28 days from an area after last case tests negative. Hotspots (designated red zones) willbe assumed to be undertaking effective contlinment activities, if no case is reported innext 14 days (designated orange zones) and will be deemed successful in containment,if no case is repofted for 28 days (designated green zones),” Union health secretary Preeti Sudan said in a letter to the chief secretary of all states and union territories on Thursday.
Speaking further, the nodal officer said that the two districts of Tripura — Gomati and North Tripura — are under the orange zone and if no case is registered in the first two weeks, it will remain orange. After 28 days, if the districts still do not report any further cases, then they will be declared as green zones.
“We have collected samples of all close contacts of both the COVID-19 positive patient and so far none of the samples has tested positive,” he said.
He also said that if nobody tests positive in 28 days from the area which was declared as contentment zone in Udaipur administration, then the area will be opened for the public. A total of 116 samples were collected from the district including the close contacts of the first patient.
“The testing capacity for the COVID-19 has also increased in number as we plan to double the number of tests as per the strategy. Within seven days the number is likely to be three-time more than what it is at present,” Debbarma said.
He also informed that two residents of Tripura who had tested positive in Rajasthan have recovered and are currently in facility quarantine. The patients are in touch with the state administration as they will have to wait for the end of the national lockdown.