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Combating COVID-19 in A&N Islands Administration giving thrust on five-fold strategy of Testing, Tracing, Treatment, COVID-Appropriate Behaviour & Vaccination

Port Blair ,

        The Administration is strictly implementing the five-fold strategy of Testing, Tracing, Treatment, COVID-appropriate behaviour and Vaccination in order to safe guard the Islanders and check the spread of the virus. To stop the chain of transmission of virus and reduce the number of positive cases, various steps have been initiated.  As per COVID-19 health bulletin data, the new active case in the last 24 hours has been 18 while the total number of active cases during the 2nd wave (since 01.03.2021) as on date is 110 in the entire Islands. Of the total 2267 confirmed cases, 2093 have been discharged during the second wave.  
    Out of the total, 7261 confirmed cases of COVID since March 2020, 7025 patients have been cured/discharged till date.
     To provide treatment to COVID positive patients in A&N Islands, sufficient isolation beds are available in all the three districts of the Islands. As per the health data, as on date, 5583 isolation beds are available in South Andaman District, out of which, 107 are presently occupied while 5476 are vacant. Similarly, in N&M Andaman, out of the 286 isolation beds available, 3 are occupied and 283 are vacant.
    It is noteworthy to mention that the Nicobar District is free from corona as on date and 507 isolation beds are available.
      In South Andaman District, as on date, a total of 11 Containment Zones have been formed and the Administration is ensuring its strict compliance by making available the required facilities to facilitate the people residing inside the containment zones. Officers have also been deputed to maintain strict perimeter control and ensure that there is no movement of people in or out of these zones, except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services.
    Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in A&N Islands, the testing has been augmented manifold and as on date, 3,96,534 samples have been tested in A&N Islands. Further, the Islands Test Per Million (TPM) stands at 991335. Vaccination drive is also being conducted simultaneously and as on date 1,31,428 beneficiaries have been vaccinated in A&N Islands, out of the target beneficiaries i.e. 2, 81, 603 (approx.).
    Apart from this, the District Administration is also conducting mobile RAT testing in rural areas of the District. The incoming flight passengers are also being retested with RTPCR. The District Control Room regularly monitors patients who are placed under home isolation by keeping track on the person's health status besides providing the required medicine. Further, to cater to the needs of the people, in view of
lockdown, home delivery services have been strengthened and essential commodities are supplied by shopkeepers at the doorsteps of
the people.