34 BSF jawans in touch with two jawans were tested for COVID-19 out of which 12 were found positive on Sunday

Agartala: A day after 14 jawans from the same border security force (BSF) unit tested positive for COVID-19, the Tripura government has marked Dhalai district as ‘red zone’.

Law minister Ratan Lal Nath informed that three locations, Jawaharnagar, Admin base and Karina (BOP) have been marked as containment zones.

The Dhalai district magistrate has marked BSF headquarters at Jawharnagar and 3 km radius around it, Gandacherra base and Karina (BOP) as containment zones.

“Out of 34 BSF jawans, who came in touch with two jawans who tested for COVID-19 on Sunday, 12 have been found positive. All those who came in close contact with the jawans have been placed under isolation. Swab samples of a total of 179 personnel in the camp who came in touch with the two jawans have been tested”, Nath said.

The health department has identified 78 to 87 others who might have come in touch with the 12 affected patients. “The government is also working on identifying people outside the camps. All these cases are asymptomatic,” Nath added.

However, the minister said that community transmission did not happen. Gomati and North Tripura are likely to come under the green zone as the patients who had contact with the ambulance driver have tested negative. However, Dhalai district was declared as red zone today.

According to latest reports, 128 persons are in quarantine centres across the state along with 572 persons under home quarantine. 5394 people have been tested for COVID-19 since March in the state.

Tripura currently has one dedicated COVID hospital and one COVID health centre. The government is also contemplating dedicated COVID care centres to handle mild cases.

So far Tripura has reported 17 COVID-19 cases including one under treatment in North Bengal, two have recovered, two are under treatment and 12 new cases were identified on Sunday.

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