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New Delhi : Union Health & Family Welfare Minstry has rushed a multi-disciplinary team to assist Lakshadweep Administration in COVID-19 managemen.

The Union Territory of Lakshadweep reported its first ever case of COVID-19 on January 18, 2021. The index case is a traveller who had come to Lakshadweep from Kochi in Kerala onĀ  January 4, 2021, by a ship. The case had reported to hospital with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 and was tested positive.

Initially, 31 primary contacts of the index case 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 UT Administration has initiated disinfection procedures and intensive risk-communication activity has been operationalised, according to a PIB release.

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, Pune, and Regional Office of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. The team shall assist UT Administration in COVID-19 containment activities.

Ministry of Health & Family Welfare continues to monitor the situation and the UT Administration will be provided with requisite support.