122 new cases and one more Covid death in Sikkim

Summit Report

Gangtok, 01 Jul:

Sikkim’s tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reached 20,666 with 122 new cases of novel coronavirus reported in the last 24 hours. Out of these, 59 were reported in East District, 32 in West District, 23 in South District and eight in North District.

Meanwhile, one more person succumbed to novel coronavirus infection over the same period taking Sikkim’s COVID death toll to 308. This fatality was reported from a person under home isolation in South District.

On the other hand, 36 more persons, recoveries down to double digits after a long while, were discharged from facility and home isolation after making full recoveries to further improve the number of recovered cases of COVID-19 to 17,998.

This is after nearly a fortnight that Sikkim is seeing fewer recoveries than new cases. Hopefully this is because the number of new cases had started dipping substantially a fortnight back and this would automatically reflect as fewer discharges now. Covid-positive people usually spend 11 days in home of isolation facility before being discharged provided their symptoms have gone away.

There are now 2,107 active cases of coronavirus in Sikkim.

As per the Daily Report of COVID-19 in Sikkim released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme of the Health Department, the 122 new cases were picked up from the testing of 773 samples on Wednesday, giving Sikkim a test positivity rate of 15.7%.

In RT-PCR testing of 289 samples, 49 people were found positive for COVID-19 and 73 new cases were detected in rapid antigen testing of 477 samples.

The 122 new cases notwithstanding, only 14 COVID patients were hospitalized over this period. There are around 96 Covid patients in hospital from among the more than two thousand positive cases. Seven Covid patients currently have symptoms severe enough to require admission in ICU.