Agartala: With the growing incidences of Covid positive, the Tripura government has extended the Covid curfew across the state squeezing business hours up to 1200 hrs till June 5 next.
Except for emergency services, all government offices will be closed. The Council of Ministers in a meeting today decided to provide cash assistance of Rs 1000 to each of the 7 lakh families out of the total 9.29 lakh.
The curfew was supposed to end tomorrow morning. However, the inter-district movement of people and vehicles has been lifted from Wednesday with certain restrictions, said government spokesperson Ratan Lal Nath on Tuesday.
Besides announcing containment zones in three AMC Wards, the state government had imposed a Covid curfew in the capital city on May 17 last and restricted inter-district movement from May 20.
“The restrictions have yielded impact and rate of infection reduced in five days from 7.55 per cent to 5.93 per cent along with the cases of fatality. Considering the trend, the state government has decided to continue the curfew for 10 more days even not intended to,” Nath stated.
He stated though the Covid situation across the country including Tripura has a sign of improvement but not controlled. However, there is an apprehension that the rate of infection might increase further across the Northeast. Therefore, there is no other option but to continue the restrictions for savings of life, Nath added.
“We have undertaken adequate measures to support poor people to keep them confined at home. The government has increased the number of testing coupled with large scale vaccination to prevent the spread of Covid-19. We urged the people to cooperate with the administration for a few more days to combat coronavirus,” Nath pointed out.
As of now, Tripura has no shortage of oxygen and hospital beds including ICU beds for treating critical patients in all major hospitals at Agartala. About a thousand beds are kept ready in Covid Care Centres in different districts for moderate patients and mild patients are advised to remain at home and keep in contact with doctors.
Tripura has allowed first-ever paid Covid Care Centre promising 24×7 services in a star category hotel in the city through a private diagnostic centre. Initially, it would become operational with 30-50 beds, including 10 beds with oxygen concentrator support, the minister informed.