22 test positive for COVID in one day

Gangtok, 05 Jul:

Twenty-two new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported on Sunday taking Sikkim’s tally of positive cases to 125.

Out of the 22 new cases, 20 are SSB jawans stationed in Rhenock. All of them were contacts of the first SSB jawan to test positive in Sikkim on 25 June. While he had 64 contacts and the SSB camp he was stationed in was declared a containment zone after he was confirmed for COVID-19, only 20 of his contacts have tested positive. Three other personnel, meanwhile, have been marked for re-testing since their reports were not conclusive.

Of the other two to test positive in the 24 hours ending 8AM Sunday, one is a recent Delhi returnee and the other a driver who used to ferry returnees to quarantine centres.

All 22 have been shifted to STNM Hospital.

In his daily health bulletin on Sunday, Health Department DG-cum-Secretary, Dr Pempa T Bhutia informed that the new detections are from 141 samples tested in the State on the day.

While all contacts of the SSB jawan have now been tested, the Delhi returnee is reported to have had 10 primary contacts [those who travelled with him in the bus coming in from Siliguri] and five secondary contacts [those lodged in the paid quarantine centre with him]. His contract tracing has been complete, Dr Bhutia informs.

The Delhi returnee had arrived in Sikkim on Saturday and his sample had been collected in Delhi itself. The report came in while he was under quarantine in Sikkim.

Meanwhile, the wife and child of the other person to test positive have been shifted to a quarantine centre and contact tracing was underway.

In some welcome news, three more patients were discharged from STNM Hospital on Sunday after having made full recoveries.

With today’s 22 new cases, Sikkim currently has 51 active cases. Of the 125 who have tested positive thus far, 13 army personnel have migrated out, taken to the Army Hospital in Siliguri, while 61 have been discharged from hospitals here after having beaten the virus.