4 more die with COVID; Sikkim’s toll rises to 72

GANGTOK, 31 Oct: COVID-19 related death toll in Sikkim has increased to 72 with the reports of four more COVID-19 related deaths on Saturday. Among four new deaths, two were COVID patients admitted in the ICU ward of STNM hospital, while two others were reportedly brought dead in the hospital and their samples were found positive for COVID-19 during testing.

In the daily health bulletin on Saturday, Health Department State IEC Officer, Sonam G Bhutia mentioned that a 51-years-old person was brought to STNM hospital after having some complications on Friday but he was declared brought dead by the hospital on arrival. He added that the sample of the patient was found positive for COVID-19 in the TrueNat testing. He informed that the cremation of the patient was conducted as per the protocol of GMC and Health Department.

Another 48-years-old male from 5th Mile Tadong was brought dead in the Central Referral Hospital, Tadong yesterday. He informed that it was a suicide case and the sample of the patient was found positive in the rapid antigen testing.

Mr Bhutia mentioned that a 55-years-old person from Assam Lingzey in East District, who was admitted in the ICU ward of STNM hospital, passed away at around 9:55 PM last night due to cardio respiratory arrest. He informed that the patient was admitted in the hospital on 23 October after being reported COVID-19 positive but was discharged from the hospital on 28 October on the request of the family but was readmitted in the hospital following some complications on the next day. He added that the patient had the comorbidities of chronic kidney disease, hypertension and diabetic and was on dialysis.

Likewise, another 64-years-old lady from Namcheybong in East District, who was admitted in the ICU ward of STNM hospital on 30 October after being tested positive for COVID-19, was also passed away due to cardio respiratory arrest at around 3:45 AM early this morning. He informed that the patient had comorbid condition of hypertension and chronic kidney disease.