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West Tripura administration imposes Sec 144 for next two days apprehending Covid spread during Holi

Tripura has reported as many as 23 new Covid cases in last one week.

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Agartala: The West Tripura district administration has imposed Sec 144 of CrPC for the next two days in view of Holi, in a bid to prevent public gatherings to curb fresh spike in Covid-19 cases in the state as a steep rise in the viral infection has been reported across the country.

Tripura has reported as many as 23 new Covid cases in the last week. Yesterday, an expert committee appealed to the people to strictly follow the Covid guidelines, including wearing of mask fully covering the face, avoiding crowds, and frequent washing of hands even if one has been vaccinated.

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“We advise the people not to venture out of their houses unless it is an emergency and request the administration to strictly implement the Covid protocols to stop a second wave of coronavirus in the state. A little caution at individual level can save us from the danger,” Chairman of the expert team Dr Tapan Das told media.

The West Tripura District Magistrate Dr Sailesh Kr Yadav said, “Assembly of more than five persons in the next two days across the district is prohibited and restrictions have been imposed for celebration of Holi this year, considering the gravity of the situation. We shall not allow any large scale Chaitra Sale (stock clearance sale during the last 15 days of Bengali year on April 1) in Agartala apprehending the chance of fresh wave of Covid.”

He said a total of 1.80 lakh people, including health workers, frontline workers and people above 60 years and 45 years and above with comorbidities have been vaccinated to avert the risk of infection among the most vulnerable section of the society.

Continued efforts have been made to break the chain of infection by testing the people coming from outside the state among other measures, he added.

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