Agartala: Another 13 Border Security Force (BSF) jawans, including a mess worker, tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura on Tuesday, a day after 13 others were found to be infected with the deadly novel coronavirus.
With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state has risen to 42 so far.
Taking to Twitter, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb confirmed the development, “Alert! 13 persons from 138th-Bn #BSF Ambassa found #COVID19 POSITIVE today including 1 Mess worker.
Total #COVID19 positive cases in Tripura stands at 42 (2 already discharged, so active cases: 40 There is no POSITIVE case among civilians. Don’t Panic!”.
Earlier, on Saturday, nine days after the Tripura CM announced the state as corona free, two jawans from Ambassa unit of the Border Security Force (BSF) under Dhalai district of the state were found to be COVID-19 positive.
Swab samples of a total of 88 personnel and their family members in the camp who came in touch with the 13 fresh cases were also tested on Tuesday.
According to reports, the health department has put over 1,028 people in different quarantine centres. A total of 5820 samples have been tested.
With this, the total number of positive cases has gone up to 42, of which two have been discharged after they recovered. Now, 40 active cases remain in hospitals.
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. Meanwhile, the second case was reported on April 10, after a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawan tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. Both the positive patients have travel history by the same train on April 19.
Earlier, on April 23, chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb announced Tripura a coronavirus-free state shortly after the two patients tested negative and were discharged.