Port Blair, Feb 01: For the third time since the entry of COVID-19 virus in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Union Territory has achieved Zero COVID-19 active cases target today.
Earlier on May 07 2020 and 16 April 2020, Andaman and Nicobar Administration had recorded the rare feat of achieving Zero COVID19 status for the second and first time respectively but again some COVID-19 cases were reported in later date.
This time, taking advance precaution against from the new variant of COVID – 19, Andaman and Nicobar Administration had made it mandatory for all incoming passengers arriving at Veer Savarkar International Airport of Port Blair to mandatorily carry RT – PCR negative test report issued from a ICMR recognized lab, from 26th December, 2020 onwards.
As per the new guideline, the RT – PCR test should have been taken by every incoming passenger within 48 hours prior to commencement of the journey.
Although this new direction is causing some inconvenience to incoming passengers but this is yielding positive results as of now.
According to Health Department officials, yesterday there were four active COVID-19 positive cases in Andaman, two patients were at Port Blair’s G B Pant Hospital while two others were in Dhanvantri Hospital of Andaman Nicobar Command. All four patients have been tested negative today.
“Zero, never sounded so good. ‘0’ active cases again. Well done Frontline warriors. People to continue to Co-op,” tweeted the Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Administration, Mr. Chetan Sanghi today.