Gangtok, 07 Aug:
Twenty-five fresh cases of COVID-19 positive have been reported in the State on Friday taking the total number of active cases to 447 in Sikkim. Sikkim’s tally of confirmed cases reported so far has now reached 854 with these 25 new cases, in which 406 patients have already returned back home after winning their battle against the novel Coronavirus.
In his daily health bulletin on Friday, Health Department DG-cum-Secretary, Dr Pempa T Bhutia mentioned that out of 25 fresh cases of COVID-19 positive, six were detected in East District and 19 in South District. Out of 854 confirmed cases in the State, 588 are reported in East District with six new cases, 42 in West District, 223 in South District with 19 new cases and 01 in North Sikkim, he informed.
While giving details of testing conducted on Thursday, Dr Bhutia mentioned that all five samples tested by TrueNat were reported negative, while 24 fresh cases were detected in testing of 313 samples by RT-PCR at VRD lab in STNM hospital. Likewise, he added that five other persons were also tested during rapid antigen testing of 173 samples, in which four were sent back to Siliguri and one was shifted to an isolation centre in the State.
Out of 25 new positive patients detected yesterday, the Secretary informed that 19 are contacts from Alkem Laboratories and five are returnees quarantined in a paid quarantine facility. Likewise, he added that an army personnel from Sikkim, who has returned back home, was also tested positive at Rangpo screening centre and shifted to isolation centre. He further informed that four other persons, two SSB personnel and two ATM cash loaders, were also tested positive and were sent back to Siliguri.
Dr Bhutia mentioned that 20 out of 22 samples of contacts of positive patients from Adampool were tested positive and reports of rest two samples were yet to come and 104 out of 107 samples of police personnel in Rhenock were reported negative and three were still on run.
Likewise, 46 more patients have been fully recovered from COVID-19 and discharged from isolation centres taking the total number of cured and discharged patients to 399. He expressed that the discharged rate of patients was almost 50% now and it is a good sign.
Secretary urged the people to note down the registration number of taxies while traveling to any distance so it would be easy for the department to track down contacts if anyone tested positive. He further urged the people to submit proper address and phone numb