Gangtok, 26 Mar:
Sikkim currently has 2,332 persons under quarantine while test results are awaited for four persons, a report in Sikkim Chronicle informs. No one has tested positive for the virus in Sikkim till now even as some samples were sent for COVID-19 testing in recent weeks.
The 2,332 people have been put under quarantine as a precautionary measure because they have all returned to the State from outside, it is informed.
These are all cases of home quarantining and only the four patients for whom COVID-19 tests have been prescribed are currently in hospital.
As for preparedness, Health Department Secretary, PT Bhutia, informs that there are five ventilators ready at STNM Hospital with 56 more available if needed. There are 20 beds prepared for nCov patients at the moment with 20 more being prepared.
At the Central Referral Hospital, there are 05 ventilators with 20 beds dedicated to possible nCov patients.
There are two ventilators and 10 beds at the Army Hospital in Gangtok as well.
In West Sikkim's Ayush Hospital at Gyalshing, there are 05 beds set aside for nCov patients.
According to the Health Secretary, the departmental personnel in the State are equipped with necessary protective gear and reports have also come in today that more stock has been ordered.