No new COVID-19 case in Andamans for six days

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Port Blair, Feb 1 (PTI) Despite a steady inflow of tourists into Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Union Territory has not recorded a single fresh COVID-19 case for six straight days, a health department official said on Monday.

The caseload in the archipelago remained at 4,994, he said.

The death toll was at 62 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours, the official said.

The Union Territory now has four active cases, and 4,928 people have recovered from the disease so far.

The COVID-19 inoculation drive was not carried out on January 31 as the National Immunisation (NID) round of Pulse Polio 2020-21 started on the day, he said.

Altogether, 2,844 health workers have so far received the shots of COVID-19 vaccine in the Union Territory.

The overall coronavirus situation is under control in the archipelago as the local administration has been strict to ensure that health safety protocols are followed to contain the spread of the disease, he said.

The Andaman and Nicobar administration has conducted 2,23,137 sample tests for COVID-19 so far, and the positivity rate stands at 2.24 per cent, he said.

The islands remained coronavirus-free till the first week of June last year. The first case in the Union Territory was detected on June 10, 2020.

Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported its first COVID- 19 death on July 27 last year.

Official sources said anybody arriving here by flights or reaching by ships from Kolkata or Chennai is mandatorily required to show a negative coronavirus report before the authorities allow them to enter the islands.

The tourism industry, which was severely hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, has started witnessing a steady inflow of travellers into the archipelago as all the major tourist destinations in the islands have been opened. PTI COR BDC BDC