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Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, Tripura re-imposes total lockdown for three days from 27th July.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplov Dev on Saturday announced a total lockdown of three days in the coming week from 5 am on 27th July to 5 am on 30 July.

The above decision is taken in view of a spike in the number of COVID 19 cases. As per the recent update, there are a total of 3759 reported cases out of which 2131 have recovered, and 11 persons have died.

Deb claimed that Tripura is fighting much better than other states and compared the fatality rate. The fatality rate for Tripura is only 0.29% in comparison to the national average of 2.38 %.

However, it is to be noted that the number of COVID 19 cases per million is 1028 for Tripura whereas it is 983 for the whole nation.

Deb justified the total lockdown by saying that since there is no other more effective way that lockdown hence the state will go under another phase of the brief total lockdown of three days.

Additionally, he announced that 2,000 beds are made available where 86 ventilators are installed. He also announced that rapid antigen tests are going to be conducted across the state on the door-to-door basis, and expressed hope that Tripura would be able to break the ‘corona chain’ soon.

The chief minister clarified the relief package announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will remain effective till November and all benefits for the below poverty line (BPL) category, Antyodaya and priority groups among the APL category of individuals will continue.

The COVID-19 front line workers, just like the 'ASHA' workers, are going to be paid a further incentive of ₹1,000 per month besides their salary, Deb said.

Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, Tripura has made all arrangements for a statewide house-to-house survey from July 27 to spot patients, he said.

An official order in this regard is issued by Chief Secretary Shri. Manoj Kumar.

During the lockdown, the movement of people apart from essential needs will stay prohibited. Also, all commercial and Private establishments, except those providing essential goods, shall stay closed. Inter-district, inter-state, and public transport services, too, shall remain closed.

The lockdown would have 21 exemptions, including that to emergency and essential services including print and electronic media.

This will be in continuation of night curfew to be effective at 9 PM on 26th July, said the government notification. The government would start conducting a door-to-door survey throughout the state from Monday to detect Covid-19 cases. The government health workers would be using an Antigen Detection Kit for this purpose.

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