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Media briefed on COVID-19 Public representatives & others should avoid sending requests for sending ships to southern group of Islands: DC (SA)

Port Blair ,

       The Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman, Shri Suneel Anchipaka addressing the media persons on COVID-19 status in the Islands held in the conference hall of IP&T here today said that the foremost priority of the A&N Administration is to save the precious lives of general public from this pandemic. He said that to contain the spread of the virus and bring the COVID cases status back to zero once again in A&N Islands, all the stakeholders including doctors, paramedical staff, police, senior Officers of A&N Administration and others are working tirelessly.  He cautioned that for the last two days so many violations were found and it reflects that people are not serious about the situation. He sternly warned that no one will be spared if any violations are found and the vehicles will be impounded and hefty penalty will be levied.
    The Deputy Commissioner opined that  people's co-operation is needed and appealed to the general public to understand the severity of this virus and follow all COVID protocols and COVID appropriate behaviors.
    The Deputy Commissioner mentioned that people should restrict inter-Island movement so that we can contain the spread of the virus. Referring to the number of cases detected in Little Andaman, the Deputy Commissioner said, despite repeated requests, to report on any of the symptoms, the residents of Little Andaman who had cough, fever etc. did not come forward for medical check-up. This, he said, has contributed towards the sudden increase in the positive cases there. He said keeping in mind the safety of the residents of southern group of Islands, the public representatives and others should avoid sending requests for sending ships to southern group of Islands. People cutting across political parties should unite at this juncture and refrain from making such requests. People should be sensitive and serious towards this pandemic as this time the virus is changing its mutant and is not very easy to handle, he cautioned.
  The Deputy Commissioner further disclosed that he along-with his team and doctors will be visiting Little Andaman tomorrow (June 18) to assess the situation and medical requirements will be taken care  of as per the need. A senior level Police Officer will also be deputed for strict enforcement of containment measures in the entire area of Little Andaman, he added.
    The Deputy Commissioner further said that during the RT-PCR conducted on 287 incoming passengers who arrived here yesterday by flight, none of them were found positive. He further informed that 2 flights with 315 passengers arrived today and the RT-PCR reports are awaited. He also stated that during the RAT conducted on 168 passengers proceeding to N&M Andaman at Ferrargunj, 2 positive cases have been detected. He said, that today till 3 pm, 359 beneficiaries were vaccinated in South Andaman District, out of which, 318 were in the age group of 18-44 and the rest were above 45.
            The Director, ANIIMS, Dr. A K Mandal disclosed that 16 COVID positive patients are presently undergoing treatment in the Hospital. Today, 4 COVID patients were discharged and 1 new patient was admitted in G.B Pant Hospital. He said, out of the 16 patients, 11 patients are on Oxygen support and no patient is on ventilator, he added.
    The Deputy Director, G.B Pant Hospital, Dr. Amitabha De informed that in the three COVID Care Centres functioning in Port Blair, 1 new patient was admitted today and 2 patients were discharged. Altogether, 9 patients are presently being taken care of in these three COVID Care Centres while in COVID Care Centre Wimberlygunj, altogether, 6 patients are admitted, he added.