The second COVID-19 positive patient has tested negative for consecutive times, informed Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb Credit: Representational image

Agartala: Six days after Tripura’s first COVID-19 patient recovered and was released from hospital, the sample of the second tested negative for the third consecutive time, informed chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb, making the state coronavirus-free.

Taking to Twitter, Deb announced, “UPDATE! The Second corona patient of Tripura has been found NEGATIVE after consecutive tests. Hence our State has become Corona free. I request everyone to maintain social distancing and follow Government guidelines. Stay Home Stay Safe. Update at 08:20 PM, 23th April.”

In a following tweet, he said: “I thank all the Doctors, Healthcare staffs, all front line Warriors & public for making Tripura a Corona free state. By maintaining social distancing and proper guidelines we shall try our best to maintain this. May Mata Tripurasundari bless us.”

The third test of the second COVID patient tested negative on Thursday and he would be tested again on Friday, informed law minister and state government spokesperson Ratan Lal Nath.

Speaking at a press conference, Nath said that the state would be free from coronavirus after the release of the second patient.

Earlier, on April 14, the first patient of the state tested negative for the second consecutive time and within two days she was shifted from the hospital to facility quarantine.

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. Both the positive patients have travel history to the same train on April 19.

Nath also said that as per the latest reports of the health department, a total of 10,956 passengers were put under surveillance, of which 10,658 have completed the 14 days’ observational period.

The report also informed that a total of 338 persons are in quarantine, of which 111 are in facility quarantine, while 227 are in home quarantine. So fare samples of 4,038 persons have been collected and 3,512 have tested negative while rest of the reports are pending.

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