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In the wake of a fresh spike in COVID-19 cases, the Tripura government has issued fresh guidelines to prevent the further spread of the virus.

The State registered ten positive cases during the last 24 hours. These cases include three air travellers who came from outside the State.

As per the news guidelines, using face masks has been made compulsory in all government offices and any violation will attract a fine of Rs 200 for the first time and Rs 400 for the second time.

Social distancing in offices and public transport should be maintained, the notification issued by the Chief Secretary stated.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 tests have resumed in three entry points into the State – the MBB Airport, the Agartala Railway Station and the Churaibari Checkgate.

“Three positive cases were confirmed at the MBB Airport yesterday and all the three passengers had arrived from Rajasthan,” said Chief Medical Officer of West district, Dr. Debasish Das, said in Agartala.

“An isolation ward with 22 beds has been made operational. Besides, COVID-19 tests have been made compulsory before admission into government hospitals. Even outdoor patients will have to undertake the tests if they show symptoms,” he said.

The ensuing elections to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council may pose a threat to the containment of the pandemic in the State.

Basic COVID-19 guidelines are allegedly being ignored by political leaders, workers and supporters during electioneering.

The 30-member tribal council goes to polls on April 6 next.

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