Tripura has reported 144 COVID-19 related death so far Credit: Representational image

Agartala: In a move to combat the surge in COVID-19 deaths, Tripura government has sought support from the Centre and a team of experts is likely to visit the state soon to help in controlling the situation here, said education minister Ratan Lal Nath.

Speaking at a press conference, Nath said that Tripura government has sought support from the Centre to send an expert team to curb the COVID-19 deaths.

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“We have taken a number of decisions so that the deaths can be controlled in the state. Any death is unfortunate. A team of experts is likely to reach the state in three days to help the state health department curb the COVID-19 deaths,” Nath said.

Speaking further, Nath refuted the media reports which stated Agartala to have crossed the metropolitan states like Mumbai and Delhi in terms of positivity rate and mortality rate.

“Tripura, particularly Agartala has reported deaths but when compared to other states, the figures are yet below many states of the region and country. National centre for Diseases Control (NCDC) the positivity rate Mumbai stands at 19.8 percent and Delhi’s rate stand at 11 percent, while West district’s rate stands at 8.33 percent,” Nath added.

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Meanwhile, at least 10 more persons have succumbed to novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours as per media bulletin informed.

The state also saw a highest single day spike in confirmed cases with 695 news COVID-19 cases taking the states tally at 15,127 so far.

A total of 2,94,702 samples have been collected, out of which 2,93,629 were tested and 14,531 persons have tested positive for the virus, with 5,618 active cases and 8,745 recovered cases.

The positivity rate stands at 4.95 percent, test per million at 73,451 while the recovery rate stands at 60.27 percent and mortality rate at 0.99 percent.

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Meanwhile sources from the health department informed that currently 272 persons are undergoing treatment in GBP hospital which includes 95 female and 175 male patients of several categories.

This also includes 72 critically ill patients, 59 mild symptomatic, 31 moderate ill and 35 on oxygen therapies, 21 in ICU, 3 newborn and 12 pregnant mothers.

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