Tripura vaccination
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Agartala: Tripura has achieved a significant position in terms of vaccinating the people across the state and vaccinated 89 per cent of people above 45 years against the national average of 35 per cent, said education minister and cabinet spokesperson Ratan Lal Nath.

Speaking with reporters, Nath said that of the total five states that have vaccinated over 60 per cent of people above 45 years of age, Tripura has topped the list by vaccinating 89 per cent population till May 31.

He also said that 40.07 per cent of people have been covered in the vaccination drive with the help of people and their active participation in awareness and mass testing.

“We had a target of 1,04,494 for those above 45 years, and around 90,000 people were vaccinated, which is 86 per cent. For those 60 above, the target of 61,710 people as per the electoral roll was set, and we have vaccinated 64,539 people, which is 104 per cent population,” Nath said.

He also said that it was possible due to the local clubs and people involved in helping the state government by bringing people from their homes to participate in the mass vaccination and testing drive.

“This was no less than a miracle for the state to vaccinate so many people over the last one month time. We have administered a total of 16,06,456 people. A total of 10,98,818 people have received the first dose, while 5,07,638 people received the second dose as of May 31,” Nath added.

He also said that the state presently has a stock of 2,73,390 doses and 1,92,850 more doses in the pipeline, that would be received in June.

Tripura also conducted the highest single-day test 15,683 to trace the infected people on Sunday.

Giving breakups of May, he said that on May 1, 5318 people were tested, on May 18- 10,185, May 19-10,699, May 20-11,438 were tested, May 21- 14,589, on May 29, 13,371 and on May 30 record 15,683 people were tested.

According to the health media bulletin, on May 29 the positivity rate was at 6.39 per cent which reduced to 2.51 on May 30 with the increases in the number of tests.

“On May 29 the West Tripura district had a 16.67 positivity rate, which on May 30 reduced to 3.12 per cent. In the case of Agartala, the rate was 17.48 per cent, and it now stands to 6.40 per cent,” Nath said.

He said that this was possible due to mass vaccination, testing and awareness across the state. He said except for the Khowai district, other districts are in a better position and praised the South Tripura district for conducting 7,102 COVID tests in a single day.

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