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Tripura death toll surges to 217
Correspondent
 AGARTALA, Sept 16 - The COVID-19 casualty graph continues to rise in Tripura with 10 more deaths reported in the State during the past 24 hours. This has taken the total death toll to 217 till date, official sources stated here today.

 The positivity rate in the State is at 5.85 per cent, according to a bulletin issued by the Tripura Health Department. While the recovery rate has fallen to 63.14 per cent, the fatality rate has soared to 1.10 per cent.

As of now, the State has 7,040 active COVID-19 patients and most of them have been put under home isolation. Reports said that 105 patients died during the first two weeks of September. Thus 48 per cent of the deaths took place in September, while the total infections in the current month stand at 8,071.

Till date, 3,38,333 samples have been collected, out of which 3,37,064 have already been tested for COVID-19. The total COVID-19 tally in the State has reached 19,718.

A total of 510 patients recovered in the past 24 hours and 658 persons arrived in Tripura today through the Churaibari check gate.

Meanwhile, sources said that Health workers have been facing a tough time in the State. “We are managing the pandemic with very less manpower. At present, the State requires 7,400 nurses, but it has only 2,650. As per WHO guidelines, Tripura needs 3,700 doctors, but we have only 2,650,” said a senior doctor at the Agartala Government Medical Medical College here today.

The Resident Doctors’ Association has urged the State Government to improve the facilities in the only dedicated COVID treatment centre at the GB Pant Hospital here.

“There are nine COVID-19 wards in the centre in which around 300 patients are admitted. We have suggested to the Government to depute at least two doctors in each ward and delegate duties in three shifts to manage the situation effectively. We hope the authorities concerned will favourably consider our suggestions,” said a doctor.

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