Central force

Agartala, Dec 23: A senior Health department official stated that the Central paramilitary force personnel arriving in Tripura for election duty would have to undergo a COVID-19 test if they have any symptoms on Friday.

Around 300 companies of central forces are likely to be deployed in election-related duties in the state. Assembly elections in Tripura are due in February 2023.

Tripura, Health Secretary, Debasish Bose told the media, We have received an advisory from the Centre in view of the sudden spike of COVID-19 cases in some foreign countries. The state is following the guideline issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs.”

He also said that a guideline had been issued by the department asking the administration to conduct COVID-19 tests for security personnel coming from outside the state for election duties.

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“Jawans with COVID-19 symptoms will only undergo a Coronavirus test. The test can be done at railway stations, DM and SDM offices,” he added.

The health secretary stated that the state has not recorded any alarming trend so far with no COVID-19-positive cases reported during the last several days.

A total of 906 samples were taken up for COVID-19 testing and not a single positive case was reported in the last 24 hours.

The northeastern state has reported 937 COVID-19 deaths, while 1,08,034 positive cases were detected out of 26,25,544 samples tested. While the positivity rate stands at 4.11 percent, the recovery rate is 99.67 percent and the fatality rate is 0.87 percent.

The state has already achieved 100 percent first dose of COVID-19 vaccination while 90 percent for the second dose and 25 percent for the booster dose, said State Immunization Officer (SSO), Dr. Mousumi Sarkar.