Mumbai: The Tripura government has announced a 24-hour full lockdown on Sunday to break the series of broadcasts of COVID-19.
In a Facebook post late on Tuesday, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said that the ‘Janata curfew’ inspired lockdown on March 22 would start at 5 am on Sunday and end at 5 am the next day.
Deb wrote on the social networking site, “Just as we all stayed home during the Janata curfew announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 March, similarly we will be at home from 5 am on Sunday to next day 5 am.”
“Tripura is in phase 1 of the COVID-19 outbreak and we need to be prepared for phases 2 and 3. We have to be careful,” he said.
Only emergency services will remain operational during the full lockdown period, he said.
The Chief Minister said that the Pandemic Act would be implemented in the state on Sunday and asked people to follow the lockdown norms.
State Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath, who is also a cabinet spokesperson, said on Tuesday that although Tripura is in “good condition”, the state government did not want to take the risk.
“The state government was obliged to announce a lockout on July 5 for the translation of 37 lakh people of the state,” he said.
Nath said that the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in the state has gone up to 80.25 per cent.
Officials said that as of Tuesday, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state was 1,394.
The state has 308 active cases, while 1,086 patients have recovered from the disease, they added.