Agartala: 17 more people from the 86th Bn headquarters of the Border Security Force (BSF) have tested positive for COVID-19.
The 86th Bn camp is close to the 138th Bn camp where 62 patients were found to be infected with the novel coronavirus aka COVID-19 till Wednesday, in Dhalai district of Tripura.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state has risen to 132. A total of 120 BSF jawans have tested positive in the last seven days, first 12 and then 13 cases on two consecutive days, then 22 on Wednesday, followed by 24 on Thursday and then 30 on Friday. These also include seven family members, a mess worker and a truck driver.
Taking to Twitter, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb confirmed the development, “ ALERT ! 17 persons found #COVID19 POSITIVE in Tripura today from 86th-Bn #BSF, Ambassa. No Civilian found POSITIVE among them.
Heavy check markTotal #COVID19 active case’s in Tripura now stands: 132
Transferred out: 02
Updated at: 10:00 pm, 9th May
Earlier this evening, speaking at a press conference, law minister Ratan Lal Nath said that a day after 30 persons tested positive for COVID-19 including a truck driver and 29 persons from BSF battalions on Friday, a total of 276 samples were collected from Dhalai district of Tripura and over 600 samples were tested.
Dhalai district and three locations in Kamalpur sub-division have been marked as containment zones. A BSF jawan from the 3rd battalion tested positive from Kamalpur sub-division.
“A total of 520 persons arrived in Tripura out of which 209 were truckers, 40 patients and 271 stranded persons. Around 172 vehicles arrived in Churaibari that included 64 vehicles coming from hotspot zones. 44 persons were placed in facility quarantine in North district of Tripura”, Nath said.
A 100 bedded dedicated COVID-19 hospital for treatment, 300 bed COVID-19 care centre and 30 bed dedicated health centre and in a hospital at the BSF headquarters have been declared as health centres.
Patients having mild and very mild pre-symptomatic cases have been admitted to a COVID-19 care facility. They will undergo regular temperature and pulse oximetry monitoring. The patients will be discharged after 10 days of symptom onset and no fever for 3 days.
He also said that there will be no need for testing before discharge. At the time of discharge, the patient will be advised to follow the home isolation for 7 days as per guidelines of the ministry of health affairs, but Tripura government will continue to test.
He also said that Tripura has only two symptomatic cases and the rest of them are asymptomatic. Therefore we would not require admitting all the BSF personnel to the COVID hospital and they can be shifted to COVID care centre.
The guidelines require that before discharge from CCC, if the oxygen saturation dips below 95%, the patient is moved to Dedicated COVID Health Centre (DCHC).
“After discharge from the facility, if he/she again develops symptoms of fever, cough or breathing difficulty he will contact the COVID Care Centre or State helpline or 1075. His/her health will again be followed up through teleconference on 14th day”, the notification reads.
Moderate cases have been admitted to dedicated COVID health centre (Oxygen beds) patients whose symptoms resolve within three days and maintains saturation above 95% for the next four days. All the patients shifted to the Saheed Bhagat Singh youth hostel will get oxygen as per the guidelines.
So far, a total of 13,284 persons were placed under surveillance out of which 11,577 persons have completed 14 days of observation. 444 persons are in facility quarantine and 1,368 under home quarantine.
A total of 8,809 samples were collected out of which 8,340 tests have been tested; 119 samples tested positive. Two persons have recovered and one was transferred to North Bengal.
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. The second case was reported on April 10, after a Tripura State Rifles (TSR) jawan tested positive for the coronavirus. Both the positive patients had travelled by the same train on April 19.