An empty street in Tripura during nationwide lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus in India

Agartala: As the number of coronavirus positive cases rise in the state, Tripura government is considering tightening the lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, said law minister Ratan Lal Nath.

Speaking in a press conference, Nath said that as people return to the state, number of cases has increased, following which the decision to tighten the lockdown is being considered by the state government.

A total of 695 cases have been reported so far; among them ,518 are active, while 173 persons have been discharged after recovery.

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“The number of coronavirus positive cases has increased in the past few days with people returning from Delhi, Chennai and Mumbai. The state government has decided to test the samples of people returning from these three states,” Nath said.

He also said that according to the Centre and ICMR guidelines, patients having mild symptoms can be released after 10 days of treatment.

However, Tripura government has decided to keep the positive patients under observation for at least 14 days after which their samples would be collected and on being tested negative for two subsequent tests, they would be released.

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So far, around 18,119 people stranded outside the state have returned to the state and among them samples of 5,711 people were collected. A total of 380 returnees have tested positive for the virus with 186 alone among Chennai returnees.

Among the total returnees, 14,854 persons have returned by train and 3,265 have returned in flights till June 5 last.

Giving further details, Nath said that a total of 1,154 people have returned from Mumbai and out of the total samples, 85 people have tested positive for the virus.

“A total of 4,431 people have returned from Chennai, 4,763 from Bangalore, 434 from Gurgaon, 323 from Ahmedabad and 405 from West Bengal. 106 persons have returned from Bangladesh, of which 10 persons have tested positive, while among 52 Kuwait returnees, nine persons have tested positive,” Nath added.

Meanwhile, Tripura government has received a total of Rs 18.56 crore donations in chief minister’s relief fund (CMRF), while the state government has spent Rs 13.66 crore for arranging trains and other expenditure, Nath added.

He also said that Rs 4.64 crore was spent for providing financial assistance to around 92,000 people from the aspiration blocks, Rs 86.66 lakh for providing supporting street vendors, Rs 3,72 lakh for Newspaper hawkers and Rs 14 lakh for flower growers across the state. In addition to that Rs 69.79 lakh was spent for providing assistance to Jhumia families.

“The state government has paid Rs 57.59 lakh to the Indian railways so far as train fare to bring back the stranded residents from different states like, Mumbai, Karnataka, West Bengal, Chennai, Ahmadabad, while payment for some trains are yet to be done,” Nath added.

The state government spent Rs 297 lakh for providing financial assistance to 7,918 migrant workers and stranded persons since March 25.

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