Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb made a strong appeal to the people for observing the lockdown tomorrow to strengthen the fight against COVID19.
He said the state is holding good position in the battle against COVID but it doesn’t mean that we are full free of the novel coronavirus.
“The situation may change anytime. Keeping this in mind, people should not go out of home without wearing masks and there should be no compromise in maintaining social distancing,” he said
The government has announced full lockdown from 5am of Sunday to 5am of Monday except the emergency services, he said adding that people shouldn’t go out without any emergency.
“It’s my appeal to all to give juice (Vitamin-C enriched) to their elders. In case of non-availability of juice, hot water along with ginger or basil leaves can be the alternative,” the Chief Minister said.
Addressing the people in a video message, the Chief Minister said total 1441 samples have been found positive till Friday evening. Among them, 1199 persons have already recovered—the recovery rate stands at 79.5 percent and the death rate is 0.07 percent.
“Before April 5 last, there was no positive case in Tripura. As the days passed, the positive cases continued to increase specially after the people, who were stranded in other state, returned,” he said while appealing the people to stay extra cautious for next few months.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister said planting of trees and caring of them– both are equally important.
“There was time when saplings were planted. But, most of the planted trees died due to negligence. In today’s scenario, around 90 to 95 percent trees survive after plantation,” he said adding that Tripura became the first state of the country to introduce e-tree concept with QR code. If anybody scans the QR code, the details of the tree will be available in their smart phones, he added.
The state government has taken another new initiative- Smriti Van on Saturday, the Chief Minister said, adding that the state government decided to create Smriti Van at every forest sub-division.
“At Smriti Van, people may plant saplings in memory of their ancestors or near and dear ones. It can also be done online,” he said.
“In Tripura the death rate is around 5 percent (per one thousand people). Nearly 21,000 people die. If one tree is planted in Smriti Van after every death, 21000 trees will be planted per year. Besides generating oxygen, the Smriti Van will also create a connection of heart,” he said.