Tripura Govt. ready to battle second wave of COVID-19: Minister
By Our Correspondent, 17/04/2021, Agartala

At a time when the coronavirus cases in India is spreading faster in the country compared to last year, the Tripura having successfully managed the first wave of the pandemic is now well prepared to combat the scourge of the second wave. “In view of the possibility of the second wave of COVID-19 situation getting worst in the coming days, government has kept ready another 2100 beds in addition to the existing. These beds can be made functional during emergency,” said state cabinet spokesperson Ratan Lal Nath.

Addressing a press conference here this evening Mr. Nath said, “At present we are having a total of 509 functional beds for COVID patients of which the dedicated Covid hospital here at Agartala is equipped with a total of 175 bed. The dedicated COVID health care centre at Shalbagan consists of 150 oxygen supported beds in addition to the 20 beds in private run ILS hospital.”

Meanwhile, the minister informed that a total of 33,933 people have been tested positive with Coronavirus of which the active cases rested at 383 as on April 16. A total of 336 are under home isolation and rest 47 is admitted to hospital. COVID-19 positivity rate rested at 1.97% till April 16 of this year in the state which was earlier recorded at 0.47% in the month of February this year. Mr. Nath informed that the positive rate was 0.06% on April 20 previous year which then surged to 11.43% till September previous year and later it came down to 0.30% on January this year.