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CM visited Quarantine Centres in 2 Districts : COVID-19 Positive Cases raised to 321 in State, ‘BSF Commandant Transferred after COVID-Outbreak in camps’, says CM
TIWN June 1, 2020
CM visited Quarantine Centres in 2 Districts : COVID-19 Positive Cases raised to 321 in State, ‘BSF Commandant Transferred after COVID-Outbreak in camps’, says CM
PHOTO : CM met Doctors in quarantine centre at Kakasi Mog Para, Barbil ADC village under Silachara RD Block.

AGARTALA, June 1 (TIWN): Chief Minister Biplab Deb visited various areas in two Districts-Gomati, Khowai and met the quarantined people from distant and also talked to the Doctors there. In late evening also, Chief Minister’s visit continued in various places. With 5 more persons have been tested COVID-19 positive in Tripura, total cases have raised up to 321.“Among the 444 samples tested for COVID-19 in Tripura, 5 people found Positive”, said CM in a tweet. Among the 5 new positive cases, 8 years old child is also counted. However, Tripura has been reported with no COVID-19 death yet. Deb said on Monday that Violation of COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing has taken place happened among Border Security Force (BSF), attributing it to the spurt in coronavirus cases among the BSF personnel and their family members. Chief Minister Biplab Deb visited an institutional quarantine center at Matabari Block (Udaipur). TIWN YouTube Video June 1, 2020

CM also informed media that one BSF Commandant was transferred as per his knowledge after this incident. Quoting a report of a central expert team, Deb said the report submitted to the state government points at violation of social distancing and quarantine norms by the BSF that has led to the spread of the COVID-19 disease among the para-military personnel and their kins. Click TIWN YouTube Link, CM’s statement

The Chief Minister told the media: "We have sent the central team report to the union Home Ministry. I have learnt that the Commandant of the 138th BSF (Border Security Force) battalion was replaced after the outbreak of the disease.

"As the BSF jawans and their family members came from different parts of the country, they should follow the COVID-19 guidelines including social distancing and quarantine norms."

In all, 135 BSF officers and troopers, 26 family members and a mess worker of the two battalions (138th and 86th) have been infected by the coronavirus.

However, all the BSF men and their kin, including children and women, recovered from the disease and they are now undergoing extended quarantine period in the battalion headquarters at Ambassa (in northern Tripura) and nearby areas.

After the outbreak of COVID-19 among the BSF troopers and their family members, the Tripura government had asked the National Centre for Disease Control to study the outbreak among the para-military personnel.

A three-member central team, led by G.K. Medhi, Professor and Head of the Department of Community Medicine of the Shillong-based North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences after an 11-day visit and studying the source and other aspects of the infection among the BSF troopers in Tripura, on May 24 submitted their report to the state government.

Tripura so far has tested 321 COVID-19 positive cases and 173 of them, including 162 BSF men and their kins, recovered from the disease.

"COVID-19 community spread is not possible in Tripura as people are very conscious about the disease. Besides the BSF, the return of 14,000 stranded people to Tripura caused the tally to peak," said Deb, who also holds the Health Department.

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