- Manvi

The world under Covid-19 is surreal. Empty roads, clear skies, no people at stores and public places. It sounds a bit like a sci-fi. The coronavirus outbreak feels like something out of a science fiction novel or movie. Indeed novelists and filmmakers have been imagining scenarios like this for centuries. It was Mary Shelley, who wrote one of the first plague novels The Last Man (1826) in which she envisioned a post-apocalyptic earth ravaged by plague at the end of 21st century in which everything gets extinct. In the end the "last man" is seen floating away from Britain in a small boat. Ever since then if we see such pandemic based novels have taken a huge part of the thriller genre whether it is novel like Pandemic come and goes in waves, or The Andromeda Strain in 60's by Michael Crichton, The mega successful The Stand in 70's by Stephen King and many others like Outbreak by Robin Cook in 80's and Max Brook's World War Z in 2000's.

Samir Acharya

Most doctors are aware of hospital infections. These are a class of infections which are bred through excessive use of antiseptics or sanitizers. It also raises the chance of breeding selectively and creating new resistant strains of pathogens. This is generally known as Hospital infections and are difficult to treat being multi drug resistant. A standard operating procedure needs to be adopted to save us from a potential hazard.

Port Blair, Aug 3: In a surprising move, the District Administration of South Andaman today ordered closure of Bhatu Basti market and the shops in the adjoining areas. The move was an unexpected one as the District Magistrate South Andaman District had already ordered closure of shops and establishments in the district from the midnight of 4th Aug. 2020 to 11th Aug. 2020. When Andaman Chronicle tried to find out the reason for this sudden move, we were told that the decision has been taken due to the rising number of cases from the area.

Samir Acharya

Today 98 persons have been tested positive, the largest number in a single day so far.

It was not unexpected. We had been discarding used masks of all descriptions here, there and everywhere without any efforts at sterilising it or its safe disposal.

Port Blair, Aug. 3: In a circular issued today, the Director of Education, referring to the Deputy Commissioner South Andaman’s Order dated 1st August 2020 has instructed that all teachers and staff engaged in Non-COVID responsibilities are exempted from attending schools. They shall continue to work from home from 4th August 2020 to 11th August 2020. This however shall not be applicable to those deployed on COVID related duties of the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman.