A survey team in Agartala conducting door to door survey in Agartala

Agartala: A recent survey conducted by the West Tripura district administration has revealed that the sudden surge in novel coronavirus cases in Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) took place due to the number of social functions that was allowed here, said West district magistrate Dr Shailesh Kumar Yadav.

Speaking with the reporters, Yadav said that a survey was conducted to understand the reason behind the sudden spike in COVID-19 cases and the results were surprising.

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“The lockdown was lifted partially on August 5 and the surge in cases started from August 26 last. The survey revealed that from August 9 to 26 of August, a number of social functions had taken place. As per the available reports, around 3,000 marriage ceremonies have been solemnized in this period,” Yadav said.

Among other festivals Manasa Puja, Ganesh Puja and other social festivals were organized in different parts of the city. A number of political rallies and functions were also organized in the West district recently.

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“A satellite mapping of the cases is being processed to help the administration tackle the situation. A total of 10 wards have been identified in the AMC areas which also have big crowded markets. The health department is conducting tests in the big crowded market of the city,” Yadav added.

Around 500 samples are being tested on a daily basis in all these places and on an average 20 to 30 percent persons have tested positive in the tests.

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The department has also identified three more hotspot—Ker Chowmuhani ward no. 33 in Joynagar, ward no. 24, Kalyani and Ashram Chowmuhani. Of these three wards, Jaynagar has reported the maximum number of cases recently.

“We are keeping a close vigil on those persons undergoing home isolation treatment through direct phone calls and doctors are also speaking to them in case they have any sort of difficulties including comorbidities. Efforts to strengthen the health services at hospitals,” Yadav said.

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