Agartala: With the sudden surge of Covid-19 cases, the Tripura government has planned to reinforce night curfew across the state between 10 PM and 5 AM.
District magistrates and collectors should immediately enforce the Covid protocol, including Section 144 of the CrPC to prevent crowds.
In a notification on Saturday Chief Secretary Kumar Alok issued an alert to the lower level of the administration for the proper use of mask and face cover and maintaining physical distance in public places besides, strict surveillance on the travellers coming from other states as well as to step up the testing.
The health officials here said the Covid positivity rate in the last 24 hours has increased to 3.09 per cent with registering the fresh cases of Covid-19 to 103 and one death in Tripura.
The state government would send as many as 80 suspected samples to the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics at Kalyani for genome sequencing to ascertain the presence of Omicron variant.
Life had become normal with single digit Covid infection in Tripura since October last year, after 95 per cent coverage of first dose vaccine.
However, the caseload has been increasing for three days, which is allegedly due to a day-long large gathering of Prime Minister’s rally at Vivekananda Stadium on Tuesday last, officials indicated.
A sizable number of school teachers and government employees who had joined PM’s meeting were found to be infected with mild symptoms in the last two days and most of them were sent to home quarantine, officials said, adding that proposal has been sent to cover 100 per cent testing at the airport, inter-state borders and railway stations for the people coming to Tripura from outside.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told the media that Chief Secretary had reviewed the situation and arrangements with the district level officials and on Saturday he would brief the council of ministers to decide the next course of action.
“We shall not venture into any risk so far as Covid is concerned. Strong action would be taken against everyone if found violating Covid rule and we are also in favour of cent per cent testing of passengers on arrival at airport and railway stations,” Deb stated.
He added that Tripura is ready to fight the third wave of coronavirus and all arrangements to face any eventuality. The child vaccination has been progressing well along with the normal schedule of vaccination to the eligible age groups and booster dose for the people of 60 yrs and above age group would also start as per the programme.