162 new cases and three more deaths keep Covid worries alive in Sikkim

Summit Report

Gangtok, 18 June:

Sikkim began a new week of recoveries outnumbering new Covid cases today with 166 people completing their home isolation and getting discharged today, outnumbering, by a whisker, the number of new cases which clocked in at 162 for the past 24 hours. Yesterday, Sikkim had completed an entire week of recoveries outnumbering new cases, a process which had begun on 11 June.

Covid fatalities, however, continue to cast a pall of gloom over Sikkim, and today as well arrived news that the State had lost 3 more lives to the virus in the past 24 hours. While two patients breathed their last at STNM Hospital, one death was recorded at Rongli Primary Health Centre in East District. Sikkim's COVID death toll now stands at 290.

As per the 'Daily Report of COVID-19' released by the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme [IDSP] of the Health Department, the 162 new cases were picked up from the testing of 1,411 samples on Thursday, giving Sikkim a Test Positivity Rate of 11.40%.

While 121 of the new cases were detected in RT-PCR testing of 576 samples, 40 people tested positive in rapid antigen testing of 827 samples and one more case was detected in TruNat testing of eight samples.

While 133 of the new cases were registered in East District, 19 were in West District and 10 in South District. No new cases were registered in North Sikkim in the past 24 hours.

Today, only three new patients were hospitalised. Of the 2,900 active cases of Covid in the State, there are currently only 135 in hospital, 21 of them in the ICU.

Sikkim’s tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported so far has reached 19,058 of whom 15,618 have already recovered and 2,795 are recuperating from mild to no symptoms under home or facility isolation.