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TURA: Six areas in the plain belt region of West Garo Hills, including two markets, have been turned into containment zones by the district administration following a rise in the number of Covid-19 positive cases which has pushed the tally to 82, as on Wednesday.
The containment zones in the plain belt are around Phulbari and Old Bhaitbari towns where random testing resulted in six positive cases.
Two shopkeepers from Old Bhaitbari market tested positive during rapid antigen testing prompting authorities to turn the area into a containment zone until contact tracing is completed by health surveillance teams.
Similarly, in the larger river town of Phulbari containment zones have been made for Phulbari bazaar (from Kali mandir to Millanpur road), Haribanga village, Nimaikata village, Shyamding village and Goladigli village after four positive cases were identified during testing.
In the entire western district the number of active cases has risen to 82 after ten newly arrival personnel from the paramilitary force tested positive.
West Garo Hills deputy commissioner Ram Singh stated that out of the 82 active cases one is admitted in the corona isolation ward of Tura civil hospital and 68 others at different corona care centres in the district. There are 13 other active cases under quarantine at two BSF battalions in Tura.
Also, there has been some good news on the recovery side for this highly infectious disease with the district administration announcing the recovery of 33 previously positive cases.