Sikkim records fourth COVID fatality, 25 new cases and 5 more recoveries

Gangtok, 31 Aug:

Sikkim recorded its fourth COVID-19 death with the passing away of a 50-year-old male from Chisopani, Singtam, here at STNM Hospital today.

The patient was referred from Singtam District Hospital on 27 August after testing positive for COVID-19, it is informed. The patient had co-morbidities of liver cirrhosis and kidney failure, informs Health Department State IEC Officer, Sonam G Bhutia, who also added that he did not have any problems in the lungs.

Meanwhile, 25 fresh cases of novel coronavirus were reported in Sikkim in the 24 hours ending 8 AM Monday, taking the number of active cases in the State to 424.

The State’s overall tally of confirmed cases reported so far has now increased to 1,652, of which 1,225 patients have already made full recoveries and have been discharged from isolation facilities.

Also yesterday, five more patients were discharged from the isolation ward at STNM Hospital after beating COVID-19.

In the daily health bulletin on Monday, the State IEC Officer mentioned that 21 out of 49 samples tested by RT-PCR at the VRD Lab at STNM Hospital on Sunday returned positive for COVID-19, while four new positive cases were detected in rapid antigen testing of 132 samples.

He added that all 20 samples tested by TrueNat returned negative.

In the break-up of the new cases reported via RT-PCR, he informed that three persons from Namin, four from Smile Land area and 14 workers of Zuventus Healthcare Limited tested positive.

He added that one person from Zitlang tested positive in RAT at the Rangpo screening centre and has been shifted to the COVID Care Centre.

Likewise, one person from Shanti Nagar, Singtam, at the Central Referral Hospital, Tadong and two from Hee-Patal in West Sikkim were also found positive in rapid antigen testing.

Mr Bhutia appealed to people not to stigmatize COVID patients and people in home quarantine and in the containment zones.