Port Blair, June 20: The Centre will begin the free distribution of COVID vaccines to all the States & Union Territories from tomorrow (June 21). This includes vaccines for beneficiaries of all age group including those between 18 to 44 years, 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. He said, the Administration has received more than 19000 doses of vaccine and another 4000 doses of vaccine is expected to arrive soon. The vaccines will be administered free of cost to Islanders.

He further disclosed that during the RT-PCR conducted on 349 incoming passengers who arrived here yesterday by flight, no positive cases were detected. He informed that 4 flights with 489 passengers arrived today and the RT-PCR reports are awaited. He also stated that during the RAT conducted on 143 passengers proceeding to N&M Andaman at Ferrargunj, all were found negative.

The Director, ANIIMS, Dr. A K Mandal informed that 15 COVID positive patients are presently undergoing treatment in the Hospital. Today, 2 new COVID patients have been admitted. He further disclosed that out of the 15 patients, 10 patients are on Oxygen support, he said.

The Deputy Director, G.B Pant Hospital, Dr. Amitabha De stated that in the three COVID Care Centres functioning in Port Blair, altogether, 5 patients are presently being taken care of in these three COVID Care Centres.