10 members of Andamanese tribe hit by covid-19 in the remote land

According to AFP, six people have recovered, and they have been put in-home quarantine, and rests are undergoing treatment in a local hospital.

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10 members of India’s most diminishing great Andamanese tribe have tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday. The concern is rising about the safety of other people in the land of the remote Archipelago. According to AFP, six people have recovered, and they have been put in-home quarantine, and rests are undergoing treatment in a local hospital.

With the population of 4,00,000 people in Andaman and Nicobar Island, a total of 2,268 people has tested positive for coronavirus with 37 deaths. Some of the tribe’s members travel to Port Blair where they have government jobs.

“The team tested 37 samples and four members of the Great Andamanese tribe were found to be positive. They are admitted in hospital,” Avijit Ray, a senior health officer in charge of the disease management in the Andamans, told AFP.

Sanjiv Mittal, a senior government officer for tribal welfare, told AFP authorities were doing their best to keep all the members safe and healthy.

Need to act urgently

More than 5000 Andamanese lived on the island when British settlers arrived in19th century. More than hundreds are killed as they defended their territory from the invasion and thousands more were wiped out in epidemics of measles, influenza, and syphilis, according to Survivor International.

There are heavy concerns regarding the safety of great Andamanese people and other tribes including the Jarawa and Sentinelese people. According to a local media, 8 fishermen were caught red-handed for illegally entering the Jarawa’s territory.

According to the experts, the Sentinelese are extremely vulnerable to diseases from outsiders, especially during a global pandemic such as the coronavirus.

The Andaman authorities must act urgently to prevent the virus from reaching more Great Andamanese and to prevent infection in the other tribes as per a senior researcher.



 

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10 members of Andamanese tribe hit by covid-19 in the remote land
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According to AFP, six people have recovered, and they have been put in-home quarantine, and rests are undergoing treatment in a local hospital.
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