Sikkim’s Covid death-toll reaches 100

Summit Report

Gangtok, 23 Nov:

Sikkim’s COVID-related death toll reached 100 with the demise of a 89-year-old male from near Tamang Gumpa in Sichey, East District, here at the COVID-dedicated STNM Hospital on Monday.

The patient, it is informed, had the co-morbid conditions of Parkinson’s disease and hydrocephalus and had been brought to the hospital after having suffered a stroke and went on to test positive for the virus.

In the daily health bulletin on Monday, Health Department State IEC Officer, Sonam Gyaltsen Bhutia, informed that the patient was rushed to the emergency ward of STNM Hospital after having suffered a stroke and when screened for COVID-19, tested positive on 14 November.

The patient passed away at on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the State’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases reached 4,736 with 14 new cases reported in the 24 hours ending 8 AM Monday.

On the other hand, 61 more patients were discharged from facility and home isolations on Sunday taking the figure of discharged patients to 4,320. This has also brought down the number of active COVID cases in the State to 230.

There are two patients currently admitted in the ICU facility of STNM Hospital.

The 14 new cases were detected from the testing of 48 samples on Sunday, of which one was picked up in TrueNat testing of eight samples and 13 returned positive for COVID-19 in rapid antigen testing of 40 samples.

No RT-PCR testing was conducted since the VRD Lab at STNM Hospital is closed on Sundays.

Of the 14 new cases, five were reported from East District, four from West District, one from South District and four from North Sikkim.

While giving the details of the new cases, Mr Bhutia informed that one person from Burtuk tested positive for COVID-19 in TrueNat testing.

In rapid antigen testing, two persons from Mawgaon, Segang GPU, and two from Mangalbaria in West District and three from 5th Mile-Tadong and one from 10th Mile-Naitam in East District tested positive for COVID-19.

He informed that one person who actually hails from Chandmari tested positive in RAT at Namchi District Hospital.

Likewise, one person from Lachung has opted for home isolation in Rabongla and another person from Mangan, who also found positive in RAT, went for home isolation in Mangalbaria.

He added that one person from Singhik and another from Pentok in North District were also reported positive for COVID-19 in rapid antigen testing.