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Union Health Minister Directs Tripura To Increase Covid19 Testing: Toll Spikes To 359 As On Saturday

Covid19 death toll spikes to 359 in Tripura as per the latest report of State Health Department. Two more fresh covid19 deaths registered in the state in last 24 hours as on Saturday morning 9 AM. Fatality rate still remains 1.13 percent which is the highest among the Northeast Indian States. Meanwhile Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has asked four northeastern states, Tripura, Manipur, Meghalaya, and Mizoram, to increase testing on high-risk groups and vulnerable population to check the spread of Covid-19. Harsh Vardhan, during a meeting via video conferencing with seven states, including the four northeastern states, said that active cases are on the rise in Manipur and higher positivity in the state is indicative of hidden transmission. Harsh Vardhan advised the states to focus on higher testing, especially in districts with higher positivity rate, mandatory Rapid Antigen Test of symptomatic negatives, focus on high risk groups and vulnerable population for SARI (severe acute respiratory illness) and ILI (influenza-like illness) surveillance which can give indication of infection, increase contact tracing of close contacts of positive cases, proper follow-up and monitoring of those in home isolation, especially the vulnerable groups. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan during the meeting asked the states to focus on three areas — the need to suppress and break the chain of transmission, keeping mortality rate to less than 1 per cent and the need for prolonged behavioural change. Tripura has so far registered 31,824 Covid-19 cases of which 30,285 have recovered. The state’s recovery rate presently stands at 95.27 per cent.

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