Over 22,000 new cases daily, India’s COVID-19 tally rose above the 7-lakh mark. Coronavirus cases in India have gone up to 7,46,514, and the death toll has climbed to 20,683. Recoveries in India have shown a steady rise with the number of cured now at 4,58,650. The recovery rate has risen above 61.44 percent. There are 2,67,081 active coronavirus cases in the country. To know in detail about the coronavirus outbreak in India check live COVID-19 updates. Almost all the parts of the country have been infected with this deadly virus but there is one Union Territory (UT) in the southernmost part of India - Lakshadweep that has not recorded any COVID-19 cases till now.
Union Territory in India with zero COVID-19 cases
The first case of coronavirus can be traced back to January 30, 2020. It has been more than five months since the COVID-19 pandemic has been prevalent over the whole country and in the rest of the world. On a brighter side Lakshadweep is the only place in India that has remained coronavirus free. Lakshadweep - also known as the archipelago of 36 islands is situated 380 km away from the mainland of India. In this blog we will see how India's smallest Union Territory having a population around 64,000 managed to keep themselves untouched by the virus.
The administration of the Lakshadweep has closed borders for tourists and outsiders to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Over 1,000 people have visited the mainland till now for treatment purposes from Lakshadweep of which only the natives were allowed to return. Citizens of the Lakshadweep returning to the islands are required to go through a mandatory 7- days quarantine at Kochi’s government guest house after which COVID-19 test takes place. If the test results are negative then only he or she is allowed to board the ship.
It is mandatory for all the residents or stranded migrants who are coming into the Lakshadweep to undergo a mandatory home quarantine of 14 days. The workers who used to work on the islands have been also provided with meals three times a day free of cost. When the lockdown restrictions were lifted in India around 6000 migrant labourers went back to their native lands from the island. They will not be allowed to come back to the Island until the situation gets back to normal. During lockdown two ships used to operate on a weekly basis for the supply of essential goods from mainland to the island. Managing the COVID-19 pandemic was relatively easier in the Lakshadweep as the population is small.
In order to make sure that there are enough COVID-19 facilities in the Lakshadweep, the government guest house in Kavaratti has been turned into a 20-bed COVID centre. To spread the awareness among the people health officials used the usual methods of awareness such as ASHA (accredited social health activist) and anganwadi workers who visited door to door and educated people about the virus in the initial weeks of the lockdown.
Lakshadweep is a group of 36 breath-taking islands in the Arabian Sea. As the administration of Lakshadweep has closed borders for tourists and other outsiders let us take a tour of the stunning beaches that are brimming with super-rich marine life, beautiful coral reefs and adventurous water sports while sitting at home.
Capital of the Lakshadweep Islands - Kavaratti is one of the beautiful beaches that offer relaxing as well as fun-filled experience. It is also the base for INS Dweepraksha, one of the main Indian Navy Base since 2012. One must definitely venture into the sea and witness white-sand beaches, pristine corals. Kavaratti is spruced with tall coconut trees and you can also indulge yourself in fishing.
Popular for: endless lagoons and white sand beaches
Bangaram and Thinnakara Island
Located 56 km away from the capital city – Kavaratti these pristines beaches are known for their natural beauty and coral reefs. A short boat ride from Bangaram can allow the tourists to reach Thinnakara Island. These islands are tiny ones and are situated at the secluded place from other islands in the Lakshadweep. It consists of a handful of cottages and great beaches. Since it is a small island there are not many attractions. While in Kadmat, do soak yourself in the watersports like deep-sea fishing and scuba diving.
Popular for: serene atmosphere and seafood
One of the most striking islands and an excellent place to experience the beauty of silvery-white beaches, clean shores, sea turtles, vivid coral reefs and a chance to see the Dolphins peeking through the water. Kadmat Island in Lakshadweep is a perfect place to visit for activities like kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving. If lucky you may also catch a glimpse of flying fishes from the ship’s deck!
Popular for: seafood and blue lagoons
It is a gateway to Lakshadweep Islands as it connects the group of islands to the mainland through the air. After Kavaratti, Agatti Island is one of the well-developed islands of all. Known for its natural and scenic beauty, it houses a variety of ornaments, clothing, headgears of tribes located in the Lakshadweep Islands. There are countless beaches with white sands and turquoise water. Agatti island in the Lakshadweep houses the only museum in Lakshadweep that gives tourists an insight into the history of this remote speck of land. Hydrophiles can also indulge themselves in kayaking or sailing expeditions.
Popular for: marine life and museum
A highly recommended place for tuna fishing activity. Minicoy Island is situated around 254 km from the Kavaratti city and is home to several pristine beaches and breathtaking water activities. One of the oldest structures on the Island is British-era lighthouse that was constructed in 1885. If you are looking to spend some time in solitude then the palm decorated serene beaches of this island are the perfect place to spend some time gazing at the beauty of nature. Minicoy Island is also known for its diverse marine life that can be easily explored with a boat cruise.
Popular for: serene beaches, lighthouse
Northeastern states in India have also recorded less COVID-19 cases than the other parts of the country like Meghalaya has recorded 98 confirmed cases of which 48 patients have recovered. Meghalaya is also one of those states that has the highest recovery rate of 80.8 percent. If you want to know more about how Asia’s largest slum contained coronavirus then do read the blog Dharavi COVID Model.
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