The three-member expert team from Delhi are on a fact-finding mission in Tripura to pinpoint reasons for spread of COVID-19 in the state
Agartala: The central medical team from Delhi in their preliminary inspection observed failure to wear face masks and not adhering to social distancing norms as prime reasons for the spread of COVID-10, informed state law minister Ratan Lal Nath here on Wednesday.
The team inspected the state's lone COVID-19 hospital, Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital, Indira Gandhi Medical hospital and Tripura Medical College in the west district.
In the last three days, the team has also visited four districts, Unakoti, Dhalai, North Tripura and Khowai district. On Wednesday two doctors visited Sepahijala and Gomati district.
Speaking further Nath informed that the cabinet in its meeting has decided to start a strict mask enforcement drive for two days across the state.
“We have decided to carry out a special drive-- ‘Mask wearing enforcement day’ on September 18 and 19 next. People would be fined across the state for not adhering to maintain social distancing and for not wearing face masks”, Nath added.
Speaking about the COVID-19 deaths in the state, Nath said that 40 per cent of the total people who were admitted from September 1 to 7 have succumbed within 24 hours after getting admitted in the hospital.
“The patients died within 24 hours of getting admitted in the hospital. The reason was also because many people report at the last moment. Therefore doctors fail to save their lives even after putting all their efforts”, Nath said.
Nath claimed that among all the states and union territories, Tripura is in the 8th position in terms of samples testing with 84, 317 tests per million.
The positivity rate of Tripura stands at 5.85 per cent, while the mortality rate stands at 1.10 against the national average of 1.46 per cent.
During the lockdown and night curfews from March 24 to September 15, the Tripura government collected Rs 2.57 crore in fines. Police arrested 10,560 persons, while 97 FIRs were registered, 526 vehicles were seized across the state for violating curfews.
The central medical team of doctors comprises of Dr Daisy Panna, Consultant Epidemiologist, National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Dr PK Verma, Assistant Prof. respiratory medicine, Lady Hardinge Memorial College (LHMC) and Dr Satyajit Sen. Senior regional director (HFW) from Kolkata is accompanying the visiting team.