GANGTOK, 03 Oct:
Thirty-nine fresh cases of novel coronavirus have been reported in Sikkim in the last 24 hours ending 8 AM Saturday, which takes the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported so far in Sikkim to 3050.
On the other hand, 39 patients were discharged from isolation facilities on Friday. With these, the number of active cases of novel coronavirus in the State still stands at 640. Six patients are currently admitted in the ICU ward of STNM hospital.
In the RT-PCR testing at VRD Lab in STNM hospital on Friday, 28 new cases of COVID-19 positive were detected during the testing of 263 samples, while six more persons were found positive for COVID-19 in the TrueNat testing of 34 samples. Similarly, five more new cases were reported in the State in the rapid antigen testing of 49 samples. Out of 39 new cases, 37 cases have been reported in East District and 02 in South District.
In the daily health bulletin on Saturday, Health Department State IEC Officer, Sonam G Bhutia mentioned that seven persons from below Bahai School, two from the containment zone in Housing Colony at 6th Mile Tadong, two from Enchey Compound, three from Namin and two from AG quarter in Upper Shyarireported positive for COVID-19 in the RT-PCR testing.
While giving break up of other new cases found in RT-PCR testing, he informed that one person from MG Marg, one from below old STNM hospital, one from near Tathangchen School, one from near helipad at Burtuk, one from below Thapa Turning in Upper Sichey, one from Shyari, one from 5th Mile Tadong, one from the containment zone in Development Area, one from near St Paul’s Church at 6th Mile Tadong and one from Namnangreported COVID-19 positive. Likewise, he added that one person each from Jorethang and Yangyang in South Sikkim tested positive for COVID-19 in the RT-PCR testing.
In TrueNat testing, one person from Ranipool, one from Chandmari, one from Lingdok, one from Singtam, one from Upper Burtuk and one from the COVID Care Centre reported COVID-19 positive, Mr Bhutia said. He mentioned that samples of two persons from Majhitar, one from Makha, one from Lumsey and one from near Police Booth in Ranipool tested COVID-19 positive in the rapid antigen testing.
Mr Bhutia also said that many persons have been coming to STNM hospital to collect their reports the next day after giving their samples for COVID-19 testing. On the same, he expressed that such a trend will increase the exposure rate if any of those persons have tested positive. On the same, he appealed to the people not to come to collect their report and wait for the hospital to inform them about their report. He added that if anyone is found positive then the contact tracing team of the department will contact them.