Tripura, May 17: Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had suddenly visited the Secretariat building on Monday to take an account during an ongoing crisis.

Tripura on Sunday announced a nine-day curfew, which began at 5 am today till May 26, in Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) areas amid a surge in Covid cases.

The West Tripura district administration in the notification said all cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes, stadiums, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars, auditoriums, assembly halls, and other public places would be temporarily closed.

Religious places will remain closed for the public but those engaged with rituals at the religious shrines will be allowed to continue with their duties, it said.

All social, political, sports, religious, entertainment, academic, and other gatherings are prohibited during this period.

Essential and emergency services shall continue to function while the non-essential offices will function with a skeleton staff as per roster.

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Apart from the AMC areas where three containment zones were announced a few days back, the government has announced total containment zones at Panisagar Nagar Panchayat, Kailashahar Nagar Panchayat, Udaipur Municipal Council, Bisalgarh Municipal Council, Amarpur Municipality, BSF camp at the outskirts of the capital town and Ranirbazar Nagar Panchayat, and the entire village of Nagicherra.

Tripura logged 741 highest daily Coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. The state currently has 4,561 COVID-19 cases. The state’s positivity rate stands at 5.12 per cent and recovery rate at 87.73% per cent. Tripura CM’s sudden visit to Secretariat building.