Port Blair, May 29: After the flight services resumed in Port Blair sector on 25th May 2020, the Andaman & Nicobar Administration, based on the National Directives on COVID-19 had allowed the passengers without quarantine, under conditions of self-observation. Though, due thermal testing and other related formalities were done upon the arrival of passengers at the airport, two passengers out of a total of five who reached Shaheed Dweep (Neil Island) were tested after one elderly person showed COVID-19 like symptoms. The two had reached Neil Island in the afternoon of 27th May 2020.

Meanwhile the Nodal Officer, COVID-19, A&N Islands, Dr. Avijit Roy has informed Andaman Chronicle that six more passengers who had arrived on 28th May 2020 had raised body temperature. They were put under institutional quarantine but were tested negative later.

As on date, a total of eight passengers who arrived at Port Blair after the resumption of flight services have been tested and found negative of COVID-19.

The Andaman & Nicobar Administration is now planning for mandatory testing of passengers who fall under vulnerable category including elderly, children below 10 years and patients, sources indicate. However, no official communication has been released by the ANI Administration in this regard.