Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Wednesday morning informed through social media platforms that he has been found Covid positive.
Through his post, Deb has also asked those who have come in contact with him to put themselves into isolation.
“I have been tested positive for Covid-19. I have isolated myself at home as per the advice of doctors. I request everyone to please follow all the covid appropriate behaviour and stay safe,” CM Deb informed through his post.
With the chief minister getting infected at a time when the COVID-19 has made a resurgence again in several states with metropolitan cities, a wave of panic has also taken over Tripura in the northeast where the Chief Secretary had recently made wearing Masks and following COVID-19 protocols mandatory.
Tripura had on Tuesday concluded the elections for the 28-constituencies of Autonomous Districts Council elections in which, Deb had actively campaigned for his party BJP.
Eyewitnesses claim that they have seen Deb not wearing masks at several occassions during the campaigning and flout the COVID-19 protocol of social distancing.
Health experts fear that if the CM can get infected possibly while campaigning for the elections, several others may have also been infected undetected during the campaigning and the election.
According to the state’s daily COVID update, at least 14 persons were detected positive of the infection in the last 24 hours and 50 persons have been infected in the past week.
Tripura has inoculated at least 69 thousand people including health workers and senior citizens of the COVID-19 vaccines since they were rolled out in January.
Earlier last year, Deb’s family was found infected with the Coronavirus, but he managed to stay off the infection.
So far, 33,554 people have been infected with the corona virus in Tripura of which, over 70 cases are still active. 389 people have died.
Tripura is second in the northeast in terms of the number of Covid positive cases after Assam and highest in the region in terms of mortality rate with 1.16 percent.