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Tripura resident sent back by Bangladesh suspecting Coronavirus

Custom officials of Bangladesh and Bangladesh Border Guards (BBG) stopped a Tripura resident from entering that country on March 11 on the suspicion of novel Coronavirus infection.

Health officials in Tripura however nullified the apprehension after medical check-up.

According to reports, Saurav Sarkar (name changed), a resident of Madhya Bhubanbon area in Tripura was checked for Coronavirus infection after crossing Akhaura ICP. The Bangladesh border officials, reportedly, suspected him to have high temperature and cough. They declared he was not physically fit to travel and apprehending future complication in the foreign country, his travel plan was stopped.

Considering his alleged condition, Bangladesh health workers put a mask on him and sent him back to Agartala.

Speaking about the incident, in-charge of the makeshift health desk at Akhaura Immigration centre on Bangladesh side Fazlul Haque Sarkar said, health workers of Bangladesh screened him for Coronavirus and found him physically unfit for travel.

“The body temperature of the person was high besides he was not at ease physically. Health workers promptly contacted one civil surgeon of Brahmanbaria and informed about the patient. Based on the suggestion of the surgeon, the person was sent back to Agartala,” he said.

The Bangladeshi official, however, added that it was just a suspected case of Coronavirus and as the Bangladesh government is strict on the subject, the person was sent back to Agartala from the ‘no man’s land’.

Indian officials posted at Akhaura stated that the person was screened meticulously but no symptom of Coronavirus was found. Later, he was sent to Agartala Govt Medical College for further health investigation and was put under surveillance.


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