Tripura has identified 11 high-risk contacts who came in touch with the COVID-19 patient from Manipur. The girl returned from UK to Delhi, and journeyed back home to Manipur via MBB Airport in Tripura on March 21.
Speaking to Indianexpress.com, an official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI), who did not wish to be named, said that the girl tested positive at Imphal after she travelled via Agartala. Several passengers in the aircraft deplaned at Agartala, including a person who sat right beside her.
“The girl didn’t land at Agartala but there were passengers with her in the aircraft. She came from Delhi to Kolkata, wherefrom she travelled to Imphal via Agartala. We have sent details of all passengers with their numbers who deboarded from the plane to the Health Department,” the AAI official said.
The state’s Nodal Officer for coronavirus Dr. Deep Debbarma said: “We have identified 11 high-risk contacts among them. We have traced all those contacts and it is under surveillance system of the department now. Their test reports will be here by Wednesday evening.”
He added that all the persons would be put under special quarantine in hospitals.
Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar said in a media briefing on Tuesday evening that all such risk-prone persons are being kept in home quarantine. He said 72 passengers deplaned at Agartala from the aircraft. However, not all of them will be treated as equally risk-prone.
“We are categorizing them in two classes: high-risk prone and low-risk prone. While the high-risk prone have been traced, the low-risk prone will also be asked to stay under home quarantine,” he said.
Lockdown violators arrested
Food and Civil Supplies Minister Manoj Kanti Deb said four persons, who were found involved in hoarding of essential goods and black marketing, were arrested on Tuesday.
According to Deb, a raid at 2 PM Tuesday revealed a section of businessmen, who were found selling essential commodities at a higher price, in an apparent effort to reap undue advantage of the lockdown.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, while announcing lockdown on Monday, said his government would charge people trying to hoard essential commodities or create artificial crisis with sedition charges apart from penal provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act.
On Tuesday, police and para-military personnel on duty at Agartala were seen rolling down shutters of shops and business outlets, which were not exempt from the lockdown. Loiterers were also dispersed in major public places of the city.
Long queues of motorcyclists were seen in front of most petrol pumps of Agartala since Tuesday morning.
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