Agartala: Amid a surge in the number of coronavirus cases in most parts of India, the Tripura government has now made it compulsory for people entering the state to carry a COVID-19 negative report. The rule will come into effect from April 24 (Saturday).

Passengers will now have to produce a Covid-19 negative report after reaching Agartala at MBB Airport. The rule will be applicable even for passengers entering the state through railway stations, Churaibari checkpost and integrated checkposts.

Various states have already introduced this rule in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.

In an order issued on Wednesday, Dr Radha Debabarma, director of family welfare and preventive medicine, asked all the eight district chief health officers to make it mandatory for passengers entering the state to carry COVID-19 reports or undergo testing at the entry points.

From April 24, people entering Tripura through the airport, railway station, Churaibari gate and integrated check post will have to produce a Covid-19 negative report of test done 72 hours before the journey, Dr Debbarma said. However, if they do not have the report with them, their sample will be tested on arrival.

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The development comes after a high-level meeting of health officials that took place on Wednesday at Agartala Government Medical College and Govind Ballabh Pant GBP Hospital to review the situation in the state. The meeting was chaired by health secretary JK Sinha.

At the meeting, a number of decisions were taken after detailed discussions on various issues to ensure the treatment of COVID-19 patients across the state. Equipment such as ICU, oxygenated beds, oxygen cylinders and ventilators were also scrutinised.

The meeting emphasised on the need to ensure that oxygen cylinders for the treatment of COVID-19 patients at AGMC and GBP hospitals do not become a crisis under any circumstances. Dr Bishal Kumar, joint secretary for finance department, who is in charge of oxygen management at the direction of the Central government, also discussed it in detail.

The meeting decided to purchase more oxygen concentrators as a matter of urgency. The secretary of health department also directed to construct a warehouse at AGMC and GBP hospitals immediately.

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