Port Blair, May 2: The Secretary (IP&T), Shri Sunil Kumar Singh briefing media on COVID-19 today said that 6 flights with 401 passengers arrived today and during the Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) conducted on these passengers, 7 were found positive. He said the precautionary steps taken by the Administration to prevent spread of Corona virus by imposition of certain restrictions is being implemented from today and will certainly help in bringing the situation under control. The purpose of imposing restriction is to control the movement of people and should be taken in the right spirit and help the Administration in fighting the dreaded virus. He further stated that about 217 doses of vaccine for above 45 years were administered today and a plan of action will be chalked out to identify the left out eligible beneficiaries who have not taken the vaccine despite repeated request by the Administration.

The Secretary informed that the vaccination drive for people in the age group of 18 to 44 will be taken up once the vaccines are received and information about its start will be intimated. He disclosed that today two deaths occur due to COVID and once again urged the people to stay indoors, follow COVID appropriate behavior and get vaccinated to protect themselves.

The Deputy Director, Health Department, Dr. Amitabha De stated that for the next 14 days will be crucial in bringing down the cases and urged the people to restrict their movement protect themselves and their families.

The Director, IP&T, Shri Alok Kumar and Deputy Director, IP, Shri R.S. Meena also attended the press conference.