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Tripura: Covid infected woman commits suicide, jail inmate tests positive; state admin in tizzy

At a time when the number of COVID 19 infected patients is on the surge with 130 people found to be positive for the novel coronavirus in the last two days, two incidents related to COVID has triggered panic across the state. At one end, a woman who had been found to be COVID 19 positive committed suicide in the bathroom of the GBP hospital’s flu clinic and on the other, an under-trial inmate of central correctional home inTripura tested COVID 19 positive.

Apprehensions in Tripura

Both the aforementioned incidents, which have come to the fore after the state recorded the highest ever spike in COVID cases set off an undercurrent of apprehension among the masses with many questioning the relaxations granted as per “Unlock 1” and the decision of bringing back the stranded citizens. Moreover, both the incidents have also sent the local administration into a tizzy while struggling to manage the situation.

How it unfolded?

According to highly placed sources in the state administration, “a woman in her fifties got admitted to the designated Flu clinic of GBP hospital Agartala with complaints of fever and cough on Monday. Her swab sample was collected and she was lodged in the isolated Flu clinic. But, to the utter surprise of everyone, the woman’s body was found hanging in the lavatory of the clinic”. Sources also added that she had a history of depression and chronic kidney disease. According to reports, her swab samples were found to be positive after she was declared dead

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SDPO Piya Madhuri Majumder said, “The autopsy has been conducted. Now the body will be cremated at the Ramnagar graveyard. The Agartala Municipal Corporation Authorities will perform the cremation and the family members of the deceased will stay at a distance who are not allowed to partake in the rituals”.

In the other incident, an undertrial inmate of Tripura’s central correctional home tested COVID 19 positive today. Soon after the accused tested positive, the Jail authorities began isolating his close contacts. As per the last information that came in, 58 people were identified to be his close contacts and the sample collection process would begin soon. No less than 10 police personnel have been sent to home quarantine.

Speaking to Inside Northeast, a source said, “The inmate has been arrested on May 30 last in connection with an NDPS case. After production in the court, he has been sent to jail custody. The civil administration swung into action soon after the detection and all the measures are being taken to control further spread”. Reportedly, the inmate came in contact with a COVID 19 positive person who recently returned home from outside of the state.

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