Saturday, March 28, 2020

Lt. Governor urges people to keep patience & cooperate with Administration in dealing with the situation

A&N Administration making best efforts to contain spread of COVID-19 in Isles
Lt. Governor urges people to keep patience & cooperate with Administration in dealing with the situation

Port Blair, Mar 28
     The A&N Administration is taking all possible measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the Islands. In this connection, the Lt. Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands & Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency, Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) through an audio message to the Islanders broadcast over the AIR today, urged them to maintain their self confidence and patience to face the challenges in this testing times. He also called upon the people to cooperate with the Administration in dealing with the situation.
     Following is the text of the Lt. Governor’s message:

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     However, the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the Islands grew to 9 from earlier 6, by the evening of March 28, 2020. 

3 more cases found COVID-19 positive; total positive cases reached to 9 in A&N Islands

Port Blair, Mar 28
       The designated laboratory for COVID-19 in A&N Islands, RMRC-ICMR, Dollygunj has reported 03 more cases tested positive for COVID-19 out of 06 samples sent yesterday. It is pertinent to mention that the persons who reported positive were from the same group which came from Delhi on 24.03.2020 by Vistara and Indigo flights. The Administration has taken steps to listing the contact details of these infected persons for which the teams have already been mobilized by the Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman. The infected persons have already been admitted to G B Pant Hospital for treatment. All infected persons are normal and they are responding to all queries put by contact listing teams of G B Pant Hospital. Now the total number of cases of COVID-19 are 09 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Finally, Administration grants permission to open all groceries, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, bakery & pharmaceutical shops in the Islands

Sales to be regulated by observing mandatory social distancing

Port Blair, Mar 28
      The Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the WHO. The A&N Administration is also taking all possible measures to contain the spread of the disease in the Islands. In order to provide all essential commodities to people, the Administration, over the last four days, has been encouraging the door to door supply of essential commodities in terms of the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs including the measures of social distancing.
     However, the retailers tasked with ensuring door step delivery of essential supplies found it very challenging to cater to the huge volume of demand received from the public for supplies. To address the grievances arising out of this situation, permission to open all shops of essential items have been granted by the Administration. The customers have to mandatorily observe the measures for social distancing while coming to purchase essential items.
 In this connection, the following orders have been passed by the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration with immediate effect:
  The essential goods/commodities would include groceries, fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, drinking water, bakery products and pharmaceuticals. The sale of the same would be duly regulated on the ground by way of strict observance of social distancing measures by the Police.
·       General public would be allowed to access use of ATMs, Post Offices and Banks duly observing the social distancing norms by the Police.
·        The exceptions as applicable in the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs regarding petroleum products will also be hence forth applicable.
       The Chief Secretary has also ordered that the SOP for maintaining supply of essential goods as issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and other related instructions should be fully complied with, an official order said to this effect said here today.