With 25 new cases and 25 recoveries, Sikkim’s active COVID count holds at 404

Gangtok, 30 Aug:

Twenty-five fresh cases of novel coronavirus were reported in the 24 hours ending 8 AM Sunday, taking the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported so far in Sikkim to 1,627. There are now 404 active cases in the State.

In the meantime, 25 more patients were discharged from isolation facilities across the State on Saturday after successfully winning their battle against COVID-19 and the number of recovered and discharged patients now stands at 1,220.

Among the discharged patients are eight from the isolation ward at STNM Hospital, eight from SICUN at Assam Lingzey and nine from ITBP Ray.

In the daily health bulletin on Sunday, Health Department State IEC Officer, Sonam G Bhutia, mentioned that 16 new cases were reported in the testing of 387 samples by RT-PCR at the VRD Lab on Saturday, while five out of 35 samples were tested positive in TrueNat testing.

Likewise, he added that four more new cases were detected in rapid antigen testing of 132 samples.

While providing a break-up of 16 cases found in RT-PCR, he mentioned that one person from Prerna Gaon below Gairi Gaon in Tadong, one STNM staff who was in quarantine after finishing COVID duty, one from Goli Gaon in Rangpo and one from Setipool tested positive.

Similarly, three primary contacts from Ranipool, three from Saramsa area, five from Basilakha and one from Kongsi under Pakyong PHC were also reported positive in RT-PCR testing.

Mr Bhutia mentioned that one person from Lower Shyari, one from Reshi Bazaar in West Sikkim, two from Saramsa area and one from Mandi Bazaar, Rangpo tested positive in TrueNat testing.

He added that one person from 32 No, one from Mandi Bazaar-Rangpo and one police personnel in Rangpo were found positive in rapid antigen testing.

He mentioned that two returnees were reported in RAT at Rangpo screening centre, of whom one was sent back and an employee of Teesta Urja Limited was shifted to the COVID Care Centre at Himalayan Pharmacy Institute.