Guwahati: Two persons from Tripura who had recently returned from neighbouring Bangladesh have tested positive for the dreaded Covid-19 on Saturday. Additionally, 15 others who had returned from Maharashtra have also been infected. With these cases, the total in the state soared to 271.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb had earlier said that out of 798 people tested today for the coronavirus, 17 have tested positive. "Among them, 15 are returnees from Maharashtra and 2 are Bangladesh returnees", Deb tweeted out. Additionally, Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath in an earlier press conference had told reporters that 171 of the positive cases in the state have already been discharged.
It is worth mentioning here that 129 persons from Tripura who were stuck in Bangladesh finally returned to India today following an official nod by the Government on Thursday. The Akhaura checkpost in Tripura, Sutarkandi in Assam and Dawki in Meghalaya were opened to enable the return of stranded citizens. Some of the returnees after returning had even complained the the neighbouring country does not have adequate Covid-19 testing facilities.
Similarly, 124 Northeast Indians (120 from Assam and 24 from Manipur) who were stranded in neighbouring Bangladesh amid the coronavirus-triggered lockdown were brought back via the Sutarkandi international border that falls under Assam's Karimganj district. All of the returnees have been sent to quarantine as per protocol.
According to worldometers, India has reported 175,434 cases of the coronavirus and 4,983, while Bangladesh to the east has reported 44,608 cases and 610 deaths so far.