Agartala: In a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 during Holi, West Tripura District Magistrate Dr Shailesh Kumar Yadav announced prohibitory orders under section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC). 

These orders would remain in force in the district on March 28 and 29. 

Speaking with reporters, Yadav said that Section 144 would remain in force from 8 am to 12 pm on both days to avoid mass gathering during festivals.

“In the last two weeks, around 38 positive cases were reported. People coming from Maharashtra are being tested, and anyone who has arrived in the last two weeks is also being tested,” Yadav said.

“In West District, a total of 1.80 lakh people including health workers, frontline workers and people above 60 and 45 with comorbidity have been vaccinated to avert the risk of spread,” Yadav added.

Speaking further, Yadav said that mass gathering would not be allowed, and the state would follow central guidelines.

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On Friday, members of the Technical Advisory Committee on COVID-19 advised against travelling outside the state unless emergency as most of the recent coronavirus cases had a travel history.

Dr Tapan Majumder, a member of the advisory committee, said COVID-19 infections were found in almost everyone returning from Uttar Pradesh.

Dr Subrata Baidya, Chairman of the Committee, said that the number of COVID-19 had decreased in our country. However, in the last few days, there has been a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. “Not a single case of COVID-19 came to light in Tripura in February. But now, there are 40 corona cases in the state,” he added.

According to Baidya, people continue to show reluctance of taking take the covid-19 test have been noticed recently among people.

“Many have given up the habit of wearing masks, maintaining social distance and washing their hands to avoid Covid-19. This negligence will bring great danger in the coming days,” he added.

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