New Delhi: The central government categorically rejected senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s claims that the COVID-19 situation in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands is deteriorating and that at least 4-5 people have died as a result of the infection at the GB Pant Hospital, and that no testing has been conducted by authorities on Wednesday (May 12).
The government responded to Tharoor’s claims by listing the island’s coronavirus data.
During the second wave of the pandemic, the Andamans reported 16 COVID-19-related deaths.
According to the official Twitter handle of PIB Fact Check, only 16 COVID-19-related deaths were reported in the Andamans during the second wave of the pandemic. It also stated that the island has the highest recovery rate in the country, at 96%. “The island also has the highest number of tests per million in the country,” the Centre added.
“Disturbed by reports of a deteriorating #COVID situation in the Andamans, stories of 4-5 deaths per day at the GB Pant Hospital, figures of cases and deaths allegedly suppressed, no testing even of symptomatic cases, and only 50 ventilators for a population of 4 lakh. Sadly, the media has remained silent “Tharoor had tweeted about it.
I hope my sources on Andamans COVID figures were incorrect: Shashi Tharoor is a Bollywood actor.
However, after the government clarified the situation in Andaman on COVID, the Congress leader expressed relief and said he was glad to hear it. “My sources are island government employees who wrote to me pleading for national attention to the problems they were reporting. I can’t ask them to come forward because they are too afraid to be identified. I’ll take your word for it and hope my sources were incorrect “Tharoor took to Twitter.
Meanwhile, 28 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the union territory to 6,426, according to a health department official on Wednesday. According to the official, all of the new cases in the archipelago were discovered during contact tracing. The COVID-19 death toll has remained at 78, with no new fatalities reported in the last 24 hours, according to officials.