31 new cases, 14 of whom are from TNA containment zone


GANGTOK, 07 APR: The active case count of novel coronavirus in Sikkim jumped to 95

today with 31 new cases being reported in the last 24 hours. Among the 31 new cases, 14 are primary contacts of the student from Tashi Namgyal Academy who had tested positive for COVID-19 recently.

Reassuringly, even though the number 14 sounds big, when taken in context, it is not as alarming as some would project it to be. These 14 cases were detected from the screening of 123 primary contacts at the school and comprise 11 students and three staff members. The 14 are either hostellers or

engaged in the mess hall. In his daily health bulletin on Wednesday, Health Department State IEC Officer, Sonam Gyaltsen Bhutia, informed that the 31 new cases were detected in the testing of 349 samples on Tuesday. Among the new cases reported from in and around the capital, Mr Bhutia informed that a person from Arithang, two from Sichey, one from Baha'i School Road [Tadong], one from Phewa Basti [Tadong], one from Lingding [presently in Siliguri], one from Pani House [Deorali] and one from

Kazi Road were found positive for COVID. Likewise, samples of a person from Chongey and one from Ranipool in East District and one from Daragaon [Temi] and one from Chuba Perbing in South District and one from Dentam in West District and one from Rangrang in North District were tested positive for

COVID-19. Mr Bhutia also informed that a six-yearold child from Reshitang has also tested positive

for COVID-19 but his parents could not be contacted over the given phone number and urged them to immediately contact back to concerned authority. He added that a tourist from Gujarat also tested

positive and has since returned home. In the meanwhile, the State registered just one new recovery to take the figure of recovered cases of COVID-19 in Sikkim to 5,978. Sikkim’s tally of the confirmed cases

of COVID-19 currently stands at 6,317. On the other hand, 6,702 persons were vaccinated in different parts of the State on Tuesday, of whom 6,306 persons received the first shot and 396 persons completed their vaccine schedule with the second dose. While giving details of the district-wise vaccination, Mr Bhutia informed that 2,688 persons [2,486 first dose & 202 second dose] in East District,

966 persons [897 first does and 69 second dose] in West District and 3048 persons [2923 first dose

and 125 second dose] in South District were vaccinated for COVID-19. In category-wise vaccinations,

21 healthcare workers, 311 frontline workers and 6370 persons in age group of 45 years & above received vaccines in the State.