The ambulance driver has already left Tripura since the travel pass was valid till April 28 Credit: File image

Agartala: Tripura law minister and cabinet spokesperson Rata Lal Nath on Thursday informed that an ambulance driver, who drove five persons from Chennai, Tamil Nadu to Agartala, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Speaking with the reporters, Nath said that on April 27 seven persons, including two drivers of an ambulance, had entered Tripura through Churaibari checkpost connecting Tripura with Assam in North Tripura district. Their samples were collected as part of random sample testing.

“The health workers deployed at Churaibari checkpost screened all seven passengers and they tested asymptomatic, after which they were allowed to move towards their home in Udaipur in Gomati district and Baikhora of South Tripura district,” Nath said.

He also said that the two families reached Udaipur on the night of April 27. The two families were put in home quarantine for 14 days. After testing the samples of all seven, including two drivers, one of the drivers from Tamil Nadu tested positive.

However, the driver had returned since the travel pass was valid till April 28. The test reports came on Thursday and the driver was found to be positive.

“Except for the driver, test reports of six other persons came out negative and there is no such risk as the driver has already left the state. The driver was found at Siliguri in West Bengal when the report came positive. We have placed the two family members in facility quarantine centre and their samples would be tested again,” Nath added.

He also said that everyone who came in contact with the driver is being identified to avert further spread of deadly coronavirus.

“There is a risk in allowing all the stranded persons to enter the state and not everyone stranded outside can be brought back home amid the spread of COVID-19. Over 6,000 people have registered themselves with the helpline number and it is expected that about 30,000 to 40,000 people are stranded outside the state,” Nath said.

Meanwhile, over 4,613 tests have been conducted so far in state. A total of 307 persons are under quarantine, including 231 under home quarantine and 75 in facility quarantine.

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