Andaman Islands suspend tourism activities for 10 days

North Sentinel Island
FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2005 file photo, clouds hang over the North Sentinel Island, in India's southeastern Andaman and Nicobar Islands. An American is believed to have been killed by an isolated Indian island tribe known to fire at outsiders with bows and arrows, Indian police said Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. Police officer Vijay Singh said seven fishermen have been arrested for facilitating the American's visit to North Sentinel Island, where the killing apparently occurred. Visits to the island are heavily restricted by the government. (AP Photo/Gautam Singh, File)

Port Blair: Authorities in Andaman and Nicobar Islands have suspended all tourism activities in the Union Territory from March 16 till March 26 in the wake of coronavirus scare.

In an advisory issued by the Andaman and Nicobar administration, tourists have been advised to refrain from travelling to the islands from March 16 midnight.

The advisory said that "all tourism facilities on the islands such as jetties, beaches, eco-tourism sites and water sports activities shall remain suspended from March 16 to March 26. All tour operators may appropriately advise their clients so that tourists intending to travel to Andaman and Nicobar Islands are forewarned and advised to refrain from travelling."

The islands are a favourite tourism spot for domestic and international visitors alike.

Till date, 110 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported in India. Two of them have since died.

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