Covid-19 situation worrisome in state, Govt may consider stringent lockdown if condition worsened, says Law Minister

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Agartala, Updated: July 11, 2020, 06:16:24 PM   

Agartala, July 11: There is no need to get panic but the Covid-19 situation is worrisome in the state with Novel Coronavirus enlarging its wing over the past few weeks, said Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath.

Altogether 141 new Covid-19 positive cases confirmed in the state during the past 24 hours literally ringing alarm bells for the government. While briefing the media at the Civil Secretariat here today, the Minister said the state is in a good position as far as positivity and mortality rates with compare to national average.

"While nation's positivity rate is 7.29, it is only at 2.37 and the state's fatality rate is 0.5 percent against the national average of 2.63 percent. Even the state's recovery rate is higher than that of national average", he said.

Despite success in the battle against Covid-19 pandemic, Nath said there is no room for complacency. "A little mistake could appear a big blander for the state. Till the date, community infection has been restricted with support from all the stakeholders. But there is no need to panic but we must be careful to contain the spread of Covid-19", he said.

The Minister made it clear that the government would be very strict about night curfew and other Covid-19 guidelines. "The law will take its own course against those who are found breaking the guideline or night curfew", he said.

Nath further said the government is against imposing lockdown keeping in mind of peoples suffering. "Till the date, the government is focusing on contentment zone concept to prevent the spread of Covid-19. If the situation worsens further, stringent lockdown will be inevitable", he said.

Chief Secretary Manoj Kumar today asked the District Magistrates (DMs) to extend night curfew in the state to prevent the spread of Covid-19. While the night curfew will remain in place from 9 pm to 5 am till July 31, the same will remain enforced 7 pm to 7 am. "The schools, educational & coaching centres will remain closed till July 31. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres, bars and auditoriums will also remain closed till the date", the Chief Secretary said in a notification.

As of now, the state is having 541 active Covid-19 cases.

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