The government countered Tharoor’s claims by listing the coronavirus data of the island.
Andamans reported 16 COVID-19 related deaths during second wave of pandemic
The official Twitter handle of PIB Fact Check stated that the Andamans has reported only 16 COVID-19 related deaths during the second wave of the pandemic. It also stated that the island has a recovery rate of 96 per cent, which is the highest in the country. “The island also has the highest tests per million in the country,” the Centre further said.
“Disturbed to receive reports of a deteriorating #COVID situation in the Andamans, stories of 4-5 deaths daily at the GB Pant Hospital, figures of cases& deaths allegedly suppressed, no testing even of symptomatic cases, only 50 ventilators for 4 lakh people. Media sadly silent,” Tharoor had tweeted.
Hope my sources were wrong on Andamans COVID figures: Shashi Tharoor
However, after the government’s clarification on Andamans situation on COVID, the Congress leader expressed his relief and said he was glad to hear it. “My sources are Govt employees on the island, who wrote to me begging for national attention to the problems they were reporting. They are too scared to be identified, so I can’t ask them to come forward. I will take your word for it & hope my sources were wrong,” Tharoor tweeted.
Meanwhile, 28 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, pushing the coronavirus tally in the union territory to 6,426, a health department official said on Wednesday. All the new cases in the archipelago were detected during contact tracing, the official said. The COVID-19 death toll remained at 78 as no fresh fatality was reported in the last 24 hours, official told PTI.