Port Blair, May 20: The Chief Secretary, A&N Administration in an Order dated 17.05.2020 has directed that the guidelines on the measures to be taken by the Ministries/departments of Govt. of India, State/UT Governments and State/UT Authorities for containment of COVID-19 in the country upto 31.05.2020 issued by MHA dated 17.05.2020 shall be applicable to the whole of A&N Islands. In the said order the entire South Andaman District has been classified as Green Zone based on the parameters shared by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, except the containment zone(s) as is/may be notified by the district Magistrate, South Andaman from time to time.

Port Blair, May 20: Drawing the attention of the Lt. Governor on the decision of the Administration to bring stranded islanders by ship from Kolkata, the Centre for Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has demanded that the stranded islanders be brought to the islands immediately by flights, since there is no rail connectivity to the islands and getting people by ship will be risky.

Port Blair, May 19: In a novel initiative to sensitize people about the sea cow ‘Dugong’, which also happens to be the state animal of the islands, Wildlife Institute India (WII) has organized a social media event called ‘Dugong Awareness Day’ to be held on 28th May 2020.

Principal Secretary Inspects Facilities

Port Blair, May 19: The Principal Secretary (Health), Shri KR Meena visited the State of Art COVID-19 Dedicated Hospital set up by the Health Department in G B Pant Hospital. This visit was conducted to review the arrangements made by the Department to cope up with the expected third wave of COVID-19 cases being expected when stranded migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and others will come to Islands from mainland. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has directed to set up 03 tier COVID-19 care facilities to handle COVID-19 cases as per the clinical conditions of patients.

Port Blair, May 19: The State President, Bharatiya Janata Party, A & N Islands, Shri. Ajoy Bairagi today at about 2.55 PM telephonic conversation with Shri. Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister for Civil Aviation, Govt. of India and enlightened about the pathetic condition of the stranded Islanders held up at different parts of several states of mainland India.