Essential manufacturing units, small scale industries and infrastructure units now can resume activities by maintaining social distancing norms Credit: File image

Agartala: Tripura is in a safer position in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic compared to many states. However, the lockdown will not be lifted till May 3, said chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

Addressing the people on Sunday evening, Deb said that although the lockdown will continue till May 3, there will be relaxation in a few essential and manufacturing sectors, as per the directives of Central government.

“As decided by the Centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the entire country (district wise) will be divided into three zones in terms of COVID-19 situation. So, a major portion of Tripura will come under the green zone,” Deb said.

He also said that the lockdown will continue till May 3, but the functioning of few sectors including essential manufacturing units, small scale industries and infrastructure units can resume activities by maintaining the social distancing norms and other guidelines of the central government from April 20.

He also said that the people would have to follow the guidelines at every level for a long time even after the lockdown is over so that the efforts in creating the history will go in vain.

While the BSF and police had already been put on alert to intensify patrolling in the unfenced patches of Sonamura, Boalkhali, Gandacherra and other parts of the state, the chief minister stressed upon maintaining close vigil along the international boundary with Bangladesh so that not a single person from the neighbouring country can enter Tripura.

“I have come across some news items which claimed that social distancing is not being maintained in Bangladesh. If it is true, then we have to be extra careful since our state shares a long border with that country. We all have to be more active so that nobody from Bangladesh can enter Tripura,” Deb said.

Speaking further, he said it is impossible to remain under complete lockdown in a high-populated country like India. But the way the countrymen including the people of Tripura maintained the lockdown has already scripted history.

Deb also thanked the administrative chain starting from Group D staff of SDM office to the chief secretary for working together with dedication in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

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