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Experts’ team in Tripura to review COVID-19 scene
 AGARTALA, Sept 11 - As the COVID-19 situation continues to remain critical in Tripura, a three-member team of experts headed by the consultant epidemiologist of the National Centre for Disease Control, Daisy Panna, arrived here today and held a meeting with senior doctors of the Agartala Government Medical College and GB Pant Hospital. They are scheduled to stay in the State for ten days to check the overall virus management strategy and suggest steps to prevent fatalities and spread of positive cases.

 Meanwhile, MP Pratima Bhoumik told reporters here that Tripura has currently 7,381 active cases, while over 10,000 infected persons have also recovered.

“Currently, the State’s positivity rate stands at 5.60 per cent and the mortality rate is still below the one per cent mark. But we are not happy with the deaths and the Government is making all efforts to arrest the fatalities,” Bhowmik, who is also the chairperson of the Rogi Kalyan Samity of the GB Pant Hospital, said.

Meanwhile, the High Court of Tripura today directed the State Government to file an affidavit by September 18, giving detailed information on the alleged poor COVID-19 management in the COVID Treatment Centre of the GB Pant Hospital.

Based on media reports, a division bench headed by Chief Justice Akil Kureshi took suo moto notice of the alleged mismanagement at the State’s only dedicated COVID treatment centre.

After hearing government advocate Debalaya Bhattacharjee’s contention in the case registered by the High Court, the division bench asked the Government to submit the affidavit that must answer 15 questions prepared by the court.

Meanwhile, five more COVID-19 patients have died in the State, taking the death toll to 172. A total of 542 positive cases were also confirmed from among 4,652 tested samples during the past 24 hours. The positivity rate stood at 12 per cent during this period.

Altogether 262 COVID-19 patients have also been discharged following recovery during the past 24 hours. The recovery rate has come down to 59.51 per cent in the State.

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