3 fatalities take COVID death toll to 40
GANGTOK, 01 Oct:
Sikkim recorded three COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday taking the State’s tally of COVID casualties to 40. An 80-year-old man from Gangtok, a 54-year-old man from Upper Lingchom in West District and a 40-year-old man from Singtam, all with comorbid conditions have passed away.
In the daily health bulletin on Thursday, Health Department DG-cum-Secretary, DrPempa T Bhutia mentioned that an 80-year-old man from below Bahai School Road in Tadong, Gangtok, was admitted in STNM hospital on Wednesday after testing positive in the rapid antigen testing at CRH Tadong. He passed away early this morning at 5:15 AM. He informed that the patient had Parkinson’s disease with diabetes.
He informed that another 54-year-old man from Upper Lingchom in West Sikkim, who was admitted at STNM hospital on 14 Sept, passed away early this morning at around 3:44 AM. He further informed that the patient had chronic liver disease and ascites.
Dr Bhutia informed that a 40-year-old man was brought to Singtam District Hospital and was found positive for COVID-19 in the rapid antigen testing. He added that the patient was immediately referred to STNM hospital in an ambulance but he died on the way. During testing at Singtam hospital, the sugar level of the patient was found to be very high, said Dr Bhutia.
In the meantime, Sikkim’s tally of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 2969 with 38 fresh cases of novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours ending 8 AM Thursday. However, with the discharge of 72 more patients of COVID-19 from different isolation facilities in the State, the figure of total discharged patients reached 2294. There are now 636 active cases of novel coronavirus in the State. Eight COVID-19 patients are currently in the ICU facility of STNM hospital.
While giving the details of the tests conducted on Wednesday, Dr Bhutia informed that 22 of 310 samples tested by RT-PCR at VRD Lab in STNM hospital reported positive for COVID-19, while one person was found COVID-19 positive in the TrueNat testing of 31 samples.
He added that 15 more cases of COVID-19 were detected in the rapid antigen testing of 81 samples. Out of 38 new cases of COVID-19, 27 cases have been reported in East District, 03 in West District and 08 in South District.
Dr Bhutia informed that among the new cases, the youngest patient is an 8-year-old girl while the oldest are two patients aged 80 years. He mentioned that six personnel from Namchi Police Station were also found positive for COVID-19.
He also added that the department is planning to test elderly primary contacts even if they are asymptomatic.