Remaining untouched by coronavirus for over a year, the Union Territory(UT) of India, Lakshadweep reported its first case of covid-19 on Monday.

The patient is a traveller who had come to Lakshadweep from Kochi in Kerala on 4th January 2021 by a ship. The case had reported to hospital with symptoms suggestive of covid-19 and was tested positive, the union health ministry said. Initially 31 primary contacts of the index case (patient zero or the first case in a population) have been traced and quarantined of which 14 have now been found to be positive and have been isolated. 56 contacts of positive cases detected so far have also been traced and quarantined, the government said. The UT Administration has initiated disinfection procedures and intensive risk-communication activity has been operationalized.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has rushed a Central multi-disciplinary team to Lakshadweep. The team comprises experts drawn from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry; National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune and Regional Office of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The team shall assist UT Administration in covid-19 containment activities.

The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare continues to monitor the situation and the UT Administration will be provided with requisite support, the government said in a statement. As the country continues the covid-19 vaccination, at least 10,064 daily new coronavirus cases were added to the national tally in the last 24 hours after seven months. The daily new cases were 10,956 on 12th June, 2020. India’s total Active Caseload is 2 lakh (2,00,528) as on Tuesday consisting of 1.90% of India’s total Positive Cases.

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