Sunday, April 19, 2020

South Andaman District declared as ‘Hotspot District’ with Clusters


Activities permitted under Consolidated Revised Guidelines issued by MHA will be applicable only in North & Middle Andaman and Nicobar Districts

 Port Blair, Apr 19: In pursuance of the announcements of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had issued an order extending the lockdown in India till May 3rd, 2020. 
   However, it has been decided to allow select additional activities in areas not demarcated as containment zones by States/ UTs/ District Administrations from 20th April and consolidated guidelines listing out all such activities have been issued.
    The objective of the revised guidelines is to consolidate the gains achieved during the 1st phase of lockdown, further slowdown the spread of Covid-19 while at the same time provide relief to farmers, labourers and daily wage earners.
    These guidelines however shall be applicable to the Districts of North & Middle Andaman and Nicobar only.
    The activities permitted under the revised guidelines, from 20th April, 2020 will not be allowed in the entire South Andaman District including Shaheed Dweep, Swaraj Dweep and Little Andaman. The South Andaman District has been declared as a Hotspot District with Clusters by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare due to identification of 4 new positive cases in past 3 days. Hence, no unchecked inward/ outward movement of population would be allowed, except for maintaining essential services, i.e., medical emergencies, law & order duties, and government business continuity. Strict vigil will be kept to restrict movement in the containment zone with only essential medical and food supplies being allowed to move, surveillance activities and essential government work. Pharmacies and groceries will be open and will work with strict social distancing and hygiene practices. All non-emergency movement is strictly prohibited and wearing mask / face cover is essential when stepping out of the house.
    Keeping the imperative of containing the spread of COVID-19 in the country, National Directives for COVID-19 management have been laid down, which shall be enforced by the District Magistrates through fines and penal action as prescribed in the Disaster Management Act, 2005 against all violators of the guidelines. The public is hereby requested to abide by these guidelines.

4 active among a total of 15 corona positive cases in A&N Islands, about 300 quarantined after 12th case



TMI Correspondent
   Port Blair, April 19: After the news of all 11 earlier cases recovering in the islands came as a blessing in disguise on 16 April, the 12th case detected on 17 April comes as a bigger worry to the islanders.
   The 12th man who got affected is serving in the Police Radio and continued to be on duty till the 9th of April 2020. Sources inform that the victim, a resident of Bambooflat who serves as an Assistant Sub Inspector in the Police Radio had signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and had visited CHC Bambooflat with the complaints on 13th April 2020. He was treated as a general patient and medicines were given with an instruction that he should remain home.
    As per reliable sources, the victim isn’t sure from where he might have contracted the Corona Virus because he is not linked with the earlier 10 positive cases. Sources also confirm that his elder brother and his wife, also residents of Bambooflat had arrived Port Blair on the 21st of March 2020 from Chennai but they were never put on home quarantine. Few days after their arrival, they had some vague symptoms and had visited Bambooflat CHC for check-up, but the same treatment was given to them as with the case of the victim. The symptoms were also noticed among other family members.
   Meanwhile, the victim being a government official involved in essential services continued his duty at Police Radio Office at Marine Hill, travelling all the way from Bambooflat till he started feeling ill. In the meanwhile, he had met several relatives of his at Phoenix Bay, Calicut and other places.
   The door to door surveillance by the health authorities being carried out in the islands hasn’t yielded much since it is clear that it was only after the victim visited CHC Bambooflat that the doubt had risen. After the case was confirmed many of the victim's relatives from different places have been picked up and shifted to institutional quarantine same day.
   In the A&N Islands among a total of 15 confirmed corona positive cases, 11 recovered / discharged. After 12th case, 3 family members of 12th case are found corona positive till today. However, approximately 300 were quarantined who are in contact with 12th case (about 150 from his office and 150 among relatives). Administration is now tracing for further contacts that came into contact with case number 12.