Port Blair(PTI): Andaman and Nicobar Islands became COVID-free again as the lone patient was cured of the disease, a health department official said on Wednesday.

The patient was discharged on Tuesday, he said.

"Earlier, the active case count in the archipelago hit zero on April 30. Since May 6, three coronavirus patients were detected in the Union Territory and all of them recuperated from the disease. Now there is no active case, the official said.

The coronavirus tally in the archipelago stood at 10,039. Altogether, 9,910 people have recovered from the disease, while 129 patients have succumbed to the infection.

The administration has tested over 7.30 lakh samples for COVID-19, and the positivity ratio stood at 1.37 per cent, he said.

Altogether 6,78,927 beneficiaries above 18 years of age have been vaccinated so far in the Union Territory. At least 23,464 people in the age group of 15 to 18 years have been inoculated, while 12,092 children in the age group of 12-14 years have received the jab.

As many as 22,682 people got the precautionary dose of COVID-19 vaccines so far, the official added.

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Mangaluru: Continuous rainfall in Dakshina Kannada including Mangaluru, is now posing threat to the low-lying areas with flooding if the rain continues for next few hours.

Incidents of wall of the houses and compound walls collapsing, have also been reported from several areas since Wednesday night.

Similarly, cracks were also spotted on the Maravur Bridge following which the Deputy Commissioner instructed the PWD Executive Engineering to visit the spot and inspect the bridge on Thursday morning.

Due to the drainage issues, several areas in Mangaluru including Kottara Chowki were experiencing water logging causing traffic jams and panic among the locals who fear flooding if the rains do not stop.

In several other areas, homes have also been inundated with rain water putting the houses on risk of damages. Residents in these areas were evacuated and were shifted to other localities temporarily.

The Deputy Commissioner also declared holidays to PU and Degree colleges due to rains on June 30. He also added that the decision on declaring holidays to schools and other colleges will be taken after assessing the situation in the district by Friday morning.