Saturday, April 11, 2020

RMRC–ICMR tests earlier 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Isles as ‘Negative’

 Only one active positive case remains in Isles

Port Blair, Apr 11: The day & night hard work of Health Care Workers of GB Pant Hospital yielded desired results on 09.04.2020 when the designated laboratory for COVID-19 in A&N Islands, RMRC–ICMR, Dollygunj tested all confirmed earlier cases of COVID-19 as Negative. The first repeat tests of these 10 positive cases were conducted on 07.04.2020, the reports of which were declared as negative. Thereafter, the second repeat tests were conducted after 48 hrs on 09.04.2020, which also were reported as negative. As per the guidelines of WHO, these cases can be discharged now from the hospital as ‘cured cases’. The A&N Administration however has decided to keep all these 10 cases under observation for next 14 days in quarantine facilities being run by Administration to root out any possibility of further spread of COVID-19 in case of resurgence of infection in treated patients. 
     It is pertinent to mention that the Administration has detected 9 confirmed cases from Port Blair Airport on 24.03.2020 out of which 7 were detected from Vistara flight and 2 were from Indigo flight. One person got infected by one of the COVID-19 confirmed passenger of Indigo Flight during his home quarantine period. After discharging these 10 patients, the Administration now has only one active positive case which was detected while discharging the passengers from Government quarantine facilities on 07.04.2020.
     To further strengthen the measures to effectively prevent the spread of virus from the areas where confirmed cases were detected, it was decided to notify 3 localities of Port Blair Municipal Area as ‘Hot Spots’ i.e. Atlanta Point, Mohanpura Masjid and Biggiline area. A ‘Hot Spot’ is an area where COVID-19 positive cases were detected and are prone to spreading infection through contacts. To prevent infection, the area of 3 KM from the epicenter is locked down to prevent the virus from spreading in other areas. These areas will remain in complete lockdown position and movement of people and essential supplies will be strictly regulated as per the norms of ‘Social Distancing’. The Administration has also decided to strictly regulate the movement of people within the Districts/Islands so that the infection of COVID-19 can be contained locally and prevented from spreading in other two Districts namely N&M Andaman District and Nicobar District including Hut Bay, Swaraj and Shaheed Dweep of South Andaman District. The Administration will allow movement of persons to these territories from South Andaman District for emergency services and that is also after having a negative tested certificate of COVID-19.
     Further, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has also launched an App ‘AarogyaSetu’, a mobile application developed by the Government of India to connect essential health services with the people of India in our combined fight against COVID-19. The App is aimed at augmenting the initiative of the Government of India, particularly the Department of Health, in proactively reaching out to and informing the users of the App regarding risks, best practices and relevant advisories pertaining to the containment of COVID-19. All citizens of Islands have been requested to download the app to contribute in our fighting against the COVID-19.

LG and top brass officials attended the Video conference of Prime Minister

Admiral D K Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon’ble Lt Governor, A&N Islands and Vice-Chairman, Islands Development Agency, alongwith Shri Chetan B. Sanghi, Chief Secretary, Shri Dependra Pahtak, DGP, A&N Police, Shri Vikram Dev Dutt, Pr. Secretary (DM/Rev.) and Shri K.R. Meena, Pr. Secretary (Home / Health) attended the Video conference taken by Shri Narendra Modi, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and Shri Amit Shah, Hon’ble Home Minister with Chief Ministers / Administrators of all States/UTs. The present status of COVID-19 and future course of actions were discussed. 

Seven years imprisonment for traders indulging in overpricing of Essential Commodities

Traders advised to refrain from unfair trade practices

Port Blair, Apr 9: Instances have come to the notice of this Administration, related to overpricing of Essential goods by the traders in the UT of A&N Islands especially Rice, Atta, Pulses, Sugar, Edible Oils, Salt, Agriculture produce etc. during the lockdown period. In order to avert the possibility of hoarding and black-marketing, profiteering and speculative trading so as to ensure that price rise of essential goods do not take place, the A&N Administration has also issued a Notification under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 to regulate the wholesale & retail price of all Essential goods during the lockdown period. Traders and consumers are informed that the rates of all Agro-horticultural products in the UT shall never exceed the extent of rates prevailed in the market prior to lockdown due to COVID-19. 
Traders involved in the sale of essential commodities including rice, atta, pulses, sugar, edible oils, salt, vegetables, fruits etc. have been advised to refrain from unfair trade practices such as black marketing, hoarding etc with the malicious intention of creating artificial crisis which shall ultimately lead to exploitation of consumers by charging over and above the actual rate of the commodities in this extraordinary emergency situation. It is also to bring to the notice of all concerned that the offences under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 are Criminal Offences and shall result in imprisonment of 7 years or fine or both. Offenders shall also be detained under the Prevention of Black marketing and Maintenance of supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980.
The consumers are advised to be vigilant and inform the matter related to overcharging of any essential commodity to the notice of the Director, Directorate of Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Port Blair via text message on mobile number 9434266828 or to the Control Room over Toll free Phone No. 18003453197 & on Ph No: 03192-234062.