Over 30 personnel at Naval Air Station 'INS Parundu' test COVID positive
District officials said that over 30 personnel attached to Naval Air Station 'INS Parundu' have tested positive for coronavirus. While the forward operating base remains 'operational', the entry of civilian staff has been restricted.
Over 30 personnel attached to Naval Air Station INS Parundu have tested positive for coronavirus, district officials said on Thursday, but the forward operating base was 'operational', Defence sources in Chennai said.
The district authorities put the number of infected at 33. According to news agency PTI, Defence sources said 'some' of the sailors, mostly who had arrived here recently on postings, have been affected with the virus.
They said that as per standard protocol, such personnel are quarantined and tested for the contagion in which 'some' of them have tested positive.
Importantly, the entry of the civilian staff has been restricted on INS Parundu.
"INS Parundu is very much operational. The entry of civilian staff working there has been restricted," the sources told PTI. The district authorities are set to take up disinfection procedures later.
INS Parundu is primarily used as a reconnaissance station to monitor the South-East Bay of Bengal.
According to the Navy, INS Parundu provides search and rescue coverage and conducts operational sorties over the Palk Bay area on a regular basis.
Meanwhile, on June 25, India has registered the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 positive cases. With a spike of over 16,000 cases, the COVID tally has reached 4.73 lakh. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit COVID state, followed by Delhi and Tamil Nadu.