Tripura to procure sequencing machine to identify new variant of COVID-19
Agartala: The Tripura government will buy a sequencing machine to identify the new strain of COVID-19 within the state, said cabinet spokesperson and education minister Ratan Lal Nath.
Speaking with reporters, Nath said that the health department has already started the process for the procurement of the sequencing machine, and is testing the samples in Tripura.
“All precautionary measures have been taken for containing the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The Panchayati Raj Training Institute (PRTI) women's hostel has been notified as an institutional quarantine centre for the treatment of those infected with the new strain of coronavirus”, Nath said.
He also said that a total of 3,317 international passengers have recently been found to be infected with the coronavirus. Out of which 114 of them have returned from the UK including five from Tripura. The COVID-19 virus was found in international passengers in 30 states, including 747 returnees in Maharashtra alone.
“RT-PCR tests have been made mandatory for all international passengers, including UK passengers. Preparations have also been made to purchase machines for sample testing to identify new strains. Presently, the samples need to be sent to Pune for confirmation”, Nath added.
He also said that a database of 44,521 health care workers is ready while a total number of 2,263 session sites and 1,429 primary vaccinators were identified and uploaded in the state portal till December 28 last. The district-level TOT with all MICs on operational guideline has been completed.
“Six team members for each session site identified by districts from health/line department training of team members at block level have started from December 28”, Nath added.
The state vaccines store has been identified at Agartala, while eight district vaccine stores will be at the district HQ and 145 cold chain points at the health facility level are prepared for vaccine storage with all cold chain equipment.
The government of India is also sending ice-lined refrigerators (ILRs) for vaccine storage.
According to the media bulletin, in Tripura, a total of 5,75,979 samples have been tested, out of which 33,246 persons have tested positive for the virus, with 126 active cases.
The positivity rate stands at 5.77 per cent, test per million at 1,44,081 while the recovery rate stands at 98.46 per cent and mortality rate at 1.15 per cent.