Tripura govt starts spot antigen test, heavy penalties on protocol violators
As the COVID-19 positivity rate across Tripura remains constant at above five per cent, the state government's decision to conduct spot antigen tests from Monday (July 12) has shown Agartala reporting more cases than any other region in the state.
The government has also decided to impose heavy penalties on anyone violating the COVID appropriate behaviour protocol.
According to the Sub-divisional Magistrate of Sadar Sub-division Ashim Saha, six joint enforcement teams, consisting of officials from the police, health and district administration, are keeping vigil and monitoring the busy spots, including markets, bus terminus and roads, in the capital city.
"Those found not following COVID-appropriate behaviour are being fined and, we are also doing spot antigen testing. If detected positive, they shall either be sent to institutional or home isolation," he said.
"Testing and fines are being done in large numbers so that people do not unnecessarily come out in public without protecting themselves and become a threat for others," he added.
Meanwhile, a fine of Rs 200 would be imposed on those not wearing a mask in public places and Rs 1,000 for not maintaining social distancing.
The government has also involved various market committees and local clubs, to help in monitoring that proper COVID appropriate behaviour is being maintained, besides random testing and vaccination.
With inputs from agencies
(Edited by Marvin Kharsohnoh)
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