Administration Hopeful for Situation to Gradually Improve

Port Blair, June 13: The sudden surge in COVID-19 cases which was primarily due to inter-island movement has slightly come down and hopefully the situation will gradually improve, said the Secretary (IP&T), Shri Sunil Kumar Singh addressing the media persons on COVID-19 status in the Islands held in the conference hall of IP&T here this evening. We cannot be complacent with this slight dip and urged the citizens to not let their guard down.

Regarding lockdown, he said, the Administration will take into consideration all aspects before arriving at a decision. He also urged the people to strictly adhere to COVID Appropriate Behavior to break the chain of transmission.

The Secretary disclosed that during the RT-PCR conducted on 536 incoming passengers who arrived here yesterday by flight, the test reports of 12 passengers are positive. He informed that 4 flights with 344 passengers arrived today and the RT-PCR reports are awaited. He also stated that during the RAT conducted on 98 passengers proceeding to N&M Andaman at Ferrargunj, no positive cases were found.

The Director, ANIIMS, Dr. A K Mandal explained that 26 COVID positive patients are presently undergoing treatment in the Hospital. Today, 8 COVID patients have been discharged and 1 new patient has been admitted. He said that the number of patients admitted in GB Pant Hospital has come down to 26 from 35. He also said that 16 patients are on Oxygen and one patient is on ventilator.

The Deputy Director, G.B Pant Hospital, Dr. Amitabha De informed that in the three COVID Care Centres functioning in Port Blair, no new patient has been admitted nor any patient has been discharged today. Altogether, 9 patients are presently being taken care of in these three COVID Care Centres. Apart from this, 1 new patient has been admitted and presently, 3 patients are being taken care of in the COVID Care Centre at Wimberlygunj.